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At 2:56 UTC on July 21, 1969*, he was in the right place at the right time with the right stuff, and the whole world watched, including a girl in Texas.

 

Photo taken by Buzz Aldrin after they returned to the Lunar Excursion Module “Eagle” after having walked on the moon.

The Jethro Tull song, yeah.  This, too.  Thanks, Bear, for the reminder.

That was then, this is now.

Forty-three years later, at 05:14:39 UTC10:23 on August 6, 2012, (missing Neil’s 82nd birthday by 14 minutes**), the Curiosity rover touched down on the surface of Mars.  We’ve come a long way, baby.

*UTC time is -4 EST.  In America, it was still July 20, 1969.
**Ohio is UTC – 5
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