In the Shadow of the Moon

Caught this incredible documentary presented by Ron Howard about the Apollo astronauts who visited the Moon between 1968 and 1972 and the 400,000 scientists who came together to make this happen.

The movie opens with the bold vision of President John F. Kennedy in the early 60s to land a man on the moon and return him safely back to earth by the end of the decade. The profound feelings he evoked reminded me of the days when I was far more proud of our President and the choices of my government than I am today.

Kennedy’s Vision was transcendent and at the moment this mission was realized, the world came together as one. What an incredible moment. You contrast this with Bush’s vision of destruction that, in the course of only seven years, has plunged the world into increasing imbalance and turmoil.

These guys were drawing on pure ingenuity and God’s Grace to achieve the incredible things they did. In terms of the technology available at the time, my iPhone probably has more computer processing power in it than the lunar lander did. In 1999 I had a chance to work with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell on a project for Sprint. That’s as close as I got to NASA outside a visit to Cape Kennedy in the early 70s.

If you want to see real heroes, the movie is full of them. If you want to relive history, watch a preview.

Click here for a detailed exploration of Apollo moon landing hoax theories and analysis.

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