God and Apollo 11: Can America Be Great Without God? by Jay Richards

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By Jay Richards, The Stream, July 20, 2019

Jay RichardsToday, July 20, marks the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to step foot on the moon. In terms of technology and politics, this is one of the greatest American achievements. Indeed, it’s one of the greatest of all human achievements. It will always merit a place in those short video collages of human history.

For me, the moon landing serves as a psychological bookend. It forms one of my earliest memories. My dad tells me that we watched the landing together on TV. But I was very young, so I’ve never been sure if my memory is of Apollo 11, or of one of the later Apollo missions. In any case, the moon landings transfixed my childhood imagination.

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Neil Armstrong, as everyone knows, was the first to step foot on the lunar surface. Aldrin, who stepped down on luna firm a seventeen minutes later, joked that he would “forever, no matter what I do, be known as the second man on the moon.”. ….