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An Unlikely Victory

February 22nd, 1980 is not a day in history that many Americans give a second thought to.  It comes and goes every year like most other days.  It’s not even the most significant day of the month for most.  People give more thought and attention to February 2nd, Groundhog Day, than they do the 22nd. There are other days during the year that are certainly more memorable for most people.  Nobody has to be told what the meaning of July 4th is, or what the significance of September 11th is, or why December 7th is a day that will live in infamy.  February 22nd though, that’s a head scratcher to … Continue reading

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Luna 15 and the Race to the Moon

The “space race” is a phrase that most of us have heard of.  We understand it to be the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to get to the moon.  The race to the moon was one of the many “battles” fought during the Cold War, and America’s winning of that war was in part because we beat the Soviets there.  But many have not heard of the literal race that began on July 13th, 1969, three days before the launch of Apollo 11 which would result in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon. Three days … Continue reading

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Historic First Steps

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon.  While this feat didn’t feature direct combat against a hostile nation, it was part of the broader Cold War being waged against the Soviet Union.   President John F. Kennedy, a fierce critic and opponent of communism set the bar extremely high when, during his speech in Houston on September 12, 1962, set the goal of landing a man on the moon and bringing him home safely before the end of the decade.  He said we should set this as a goal, “not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”   At … Continue reading

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