Sunday, December 21, 2008
Testing For Buzz L 1968 And All That XXI
40 years ago today Apollo 8 set sail for the moon. It's difficult to explain to someone who wasn't around at the time just how big a deal this momentous take-off was. A tin can with three humans inside was going to leave our world behind, travel a greater distance than any other persons in the entire history of our planet, and come back and tell us about it!
The logistics and resources needed to make all of this happen were staggering. Still are staggering when you consider it. Not yet having succumbed to cynicism at that stage in my life, my excitement found expression in drawings, press clippings, and trying to cram every fact about the men and the hardware that was going to make it possible into my head.
This is also my favourite mission badge of them all. It beautifully captured the purpose of the mission (to get to the moon and get back folks) and the designated number. What a neat piece of integrated design!