Watching and listening to the stunning power of the Saturn V rocket as it lifted off the launch pad so frighteningly slowly, tears of joy streamed uncontrollably down my cheeks.

Trafalgar Square 20 July 1969: Young Moni watches Neil Armstrong put the first human footprints on another world on a huge projection screen surrounded by people from all over the world cheering and hugging her, congratulating her on being one of those “fantastic Yanks”. How proud I was though it would be years in the future before I could make my own tiny contribution to our nation’s space program. It was enough to just be a “Yank” and smile.

In that time, everything seemed possible. It felt like humanity had no limits to great achievements and held the brightest of futures for all the world’s people.

Farewell Neil Armstrong you “fantastic Yank”!


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