In 2000 years, when most of the facts surrounding our current wars, economics, and politics are largely forgotten, there is one event that will stand as a watershed moment in the development of humanity: the day in 1969 when two human beings, supported by tens of thousands of colleagues, used the accumulated technological know-how of mankind to leave the planet on which they were born and land upon it’s closest celestial neighbor. In terms of the development of our species, this will be viewed as a key turning point on par with the taming of fire, the first use of the wheel, and the beginning of agriculture. Regardless of whether humans ever return, the importance of the first moon landing can never be diminished. It is the moment when, following millions of years of slow change and adaptation, life evolved to the point where it could leave the world that nurtured it.
Today is July 20, 2014, 45 years since the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon.