In the Shadow of the Moon

I guess I was almost seven years old on July 20, 1969. I don’t know that I truly remember the day’s greatest event of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. I do remember watching a clunky B&W television showing live images of later moon walks at school, but nothing compares to the images that have been put together for the documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon“. The film has no narration other than the astronauts who lived the greatest adventure of all time telling their story with heartfelt unrestrained candor. Neil Armstrong was sadly missing, but the others carried the film well. I am glad I was able to see the film on the large screen and would recommend that everyone see this documentary. Make sure you take a kid or young adult who did not experience this era first hand. While there is, what appears to me, to be some editorializing toward the end of the film trying to make the accomplishment of going to the moon and back have us forget about today’s troubles, it reminds us that with technology and the freedom to use it for good and bad there are responsibilities that we must accept to care for our home. And that it may take more engineering prowess to fix the havoc we continue to wreak than it took to make the Apollo program a success. The one comment that sticks out in my mind from the film is that as Cooper, Aldrin and Armstrong traveled the globe after Apollo 11 that there was no nationalism only humanism as various heads of state said not that an American did it, but that “WE DID IT” in a sense of accomplishment for all nations and mankind.

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