This is week 181 of Sonya’s #3LineTales writing prompt. Enjoy!
Armstrong: Houston, do you copy? Over.
Houston: Neil, we copy. Receiving physiometrics, all vitals are clean and green. You are good to go. Over.
Armstrong: There’s not much here, just dust and rocks. So, where am I supposed to go again?. Over.
Some think the Apollo programme was a waste of time and resources. But Neil Armstrong’s first steps on another world broke, for humanity, the shackles that still bind every other lifeform on Earth.
That’s a big deal.
The day it happened, I was at school. It was a Monday. Noone ate lunch for that “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” moment (12.56pm Sydney time) – we heard it live on the radio, and then watched it at home on the evening news (no TV at school in those days).
As a pre-teen, I thought it was just another thing that adults did. Fly to the moon, and all that. But in hindsight, I vacillate between respect for the the achievement itself and the money it cost that perhaps could have been spent on more practical things back here on planet Earth.
Thanks for reading,