If you have not been in hibernation, you will be aware that yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Every newspaper and TV network has bombed us with stories with small steps, giant cracks, eagles landing, lifts and splashdowns.
It's one of the rare events, like the Kennedymord, where you remember exactly where you were at the time Neil Armstrong made the historic steps, followed by Buzz Aldrin. On the downside, if you can remember what you did on July 20, 1969, it means you are, like me, a certified wrinkle.
I saw the landing in an old wooden barrel shop in the Makkasan area. Probably because we were regulars, noodle shop owner invited my colleague Clarence Shettlesworth and I upstairs and we sat on the wooden floor to see the big event on his TV. There were some flickering, but that was the norm for local TV stations anyway. I remember consuming my usual three baht plate with fried rice, kow pad as one of the few dishes I knew how to order.
Looking at Armstrong who took the preliminary first steps on the lunar surface was an unforgettable experience and I have always been grateful to the business owner for allowing us to witness such a remarkable event.
On a more exclusive culinary note, Bangkok's restaurant Neil & # 39; Tavern on Soi Ruam Rudee was honored by Armstrong and also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The third man
Ironically, one of the few who did not watch the landing was live on television, Mike Collins, now 88, the sometimes forgotten third member of the crew. He whizzing around the moon's orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were in the spotlight. One wonders if he is ever asked what he did on the day the man landed on the moon. "Working" is probably his answer. It is said of Collins that "not since Adam has any human known such loneliness" as he orbited the moon alone.
Unidentified flying object
Thailand has not exactly been at the forefront of space exploration. However, there was a short fear a few years ago when it was suggested that the space station outside Skylab could crash into Bangkok. It lacked about 7,000 kilometers. For several years after someone in Thailand was considered a pair of satanger, but a full baht, nicknamed " Sa-kyap ".
Of course, we still get occasional observations of the UFO in Thailand but most of them turn out to be tuk-tuks. It was also a slightly different nature UFO when a furious wife dismissed her husband's "thingy," linked it to a balloon, and sent heavenly into space forever. It's probably still somewhere.
Ground control for Major Tom
The moon must have received a mention in one million songs, not in relation to space exploration, but because it sounds romantic and even more important is a good rhyming word ̵
I don't think the moon is actually mentioned in my favorite room song, Space Oddity by David Bowie. But the song was released to coincide with the landing in 1969 and undoubtedly revived it until the anniversary.
But Bowie's lyrics had a dark side about spaceman "because here I am, sitting in a jar, far above the world". Of course, things take a nasty turn when he hears "ground control for Major Tom, your circuit is dead, it's something wrong".
Now it's something you definitely don't want to hear when you're in a spaceship.
Time for a walk
In 1973, Elton John's classic Rocket Man came in, which is actually about a mission to Mars. But Bernie Taupin's texts bore a similar message about a space man's loneliness: "I miss the earth so much, I miss my wife, it's alone in space in such a timeless flight."
The result of all this space speech is that I cannot get out of my head the old police song from 1979, Walking on the Moon . So why should I suffer alone? In summary, now: "Gigantic steps are what you take, go on the moon, I hope my legs don't go and go on the moon."
However, they are questionable texts, and Sting later confessed that he wrote it when he
Back to the Future
My first space heroes were Jet Morgan and his crew who recorded the BBC Sci-Fi radio series Journey Into Space in the mid-1950s. My cousin Robert and I listened to it together, hooked over an old wood wireless. We were expecting a mix of expectation and downpour as a strict voice would inform us at the beginning of each show that it was "a story of the future". In fact, there was not much in the future, which was set in 1965, but as eight-year-olds who seemed like a lifetime away.
It was very basic and much liked scary music and sound effects, but it caught the imagination and we traveled every inch of that trip to the moon and later Mars. More importantly, Jet Morgan reached the moon four years before Armstrong and business.
But in contrast to the American astronauts, Jet and his crew suffered the disadvantage of getting stranded on the moon, but were later rescued by friendly UFOs. Amazing things.
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