Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. I sort of remember watching it but not with great detail. Even with all the other successful and heartbreaking tragedies of space exploration, I am now in even more amazement at that first lunar landing.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be at a cocktail party maybe 5 years after this event and striking up a convo with Armstrong or Aldrin. How could not just let your jaw drop as they recount the story of that first step on the moon and planting the flag?
It turns out that before I even knew I would join the Navy, the USS Goldsborough DDG-20 was one of the ships tasked with the Apollo 11 recovery and I served on her 12 years after the successful Apollo 11 splash in the North Pacific Ocean.
Here is a really interesting article from one of the official Navy photographers at the time: