“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.”

Today I am not leaving my house. I have the air conditioner blasting to combat the outside heat and humidity. It is ugly out there. I figure I’ll change my bed and do laundry then I’ll just read, relax and enjoy the cool house. I’ll order dinner. I’m thinking a burger and fries, sort of an all American meal.

Fifty years ago I was in the midst of my Peace Corps training. I was living for three weeks in Bawku, Ghana where Hausa was spoken, the language I was learning. I was living with Imoru Sanda and his family. He always spoke Hausa to me while his daughter, my hostess, spoke mostly English. I taught middle school for a couple of weeks. I had to bike to the school as it was outside the town. Every day the nine of us learning Hausa met for lunch and more language training at the house of a volunteer. We often listened to Voice of America, our only way of knowing what was happening at home. On the day of the moon landing, we stay later than usual to listen to the broadcast. All of us were glued to the radio sort of like the Waltons used to be when they sat around each evening listening to Edgar Bergen. That step happened at 7: 17, Ghanaian time. We could hear Armstrong’s actual words as he stepped off the ladder and said them. Even on the radio it was amazing.

I never saw the film of the landing until long after I arrived home. I never doubted what I had heard and, later, what I saw. 6% of Americans believe it was the landing was a hoax staged at Area 51 or in Hollywood. Last Saturday we watched Capricorn One. It was about a fake Mars landing filmed on a sound stage. This movie gave more credence to the fake moon landing theory.

I found this when I went looking for information about the landing, “One astronaut who actually walked on the moon in 1969 had no tolerance for those who call it a massive hoax. When one conspiracy theorist challenged Buzz Aldrin and called him a liar, Aldrin punched him in the face.”

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10 Comments on ““It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It was a bit too warm in the morning and the humidity was way too high but it changed later during the day. Not much sun but warm and a nice breeze is blowing. Could be worse 🙂

    I’m told that I watched the landing on the moon but what I remember can also be that I’ve seen the film later on.

    I guess those who don’t believe in the moon landing also are the oens who voted for Trump 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      When I let the dog in, I can’t believe how hot and humid it is. Henry is out for only a short time. Smart dog!

      The weather won’t change tonight or tomorrow. I haven’t been out, and I took a nap. The house is wonderfully cold.

      The cat is driving both me and Henry crazy. It chews wires, just threw up and hisses at Henry who won’t go around the cat. Poor Henry is uneasy.

      I can understand why many Ghanaians don’t believe in the moon landing. They didn’t have TV’s, many didn’t read papers and hearing it just wasn’t enough.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    We gathered as a family, it was the middle of the night, but we would not miss Neil Armstrong. In wonderment we sat around a little black and white TV and saw everything unfold. Poppa went missing, when he reappeared he said he had gone in to the garden “to feed the dickie birds”. A veteran of the First World War he could not stand to watch anyone put themselves in danger.
    Somewhere I have the scrap books and color supplements that celebrated, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. It epitomized the United States as “can do” and we were in such admiration.

    Mrs MDH and I were trying to think of anything that matched this momentous event, in our lifetimes and could only think of the Kennedy assassination and 9/11.

    Ok got to go feed the dickiebirds

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I also remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated. I was in the cafeteria when one of the workers told us. We ran upstairs to our classroom and I turned on the TV. The nun came in and wanted to know who turned on the TV. I told her and then told her why. She sat down and watched.

      I can still see in my mind’s eye the kitchen and the table we sat around as we listened to VOA describe the landing. None of us spoke. We were also in wonderment and we were only listening.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I was a kid and remember that the moon landing was something special but wasn’t allowed to stay up. I saw a rerun of the old German TV broadcast later and also right now, it’s just on TV. Lots of explanations, replicas, reporter news via phone and some American video footage. Old-fashioned TV but still great to see.
    Finally rain today, just for an hour or so but more than the usual few drops. Meanwhile the ongoing drought is a problem for forests and farming. (The world should think about the climate and not about even more wars. And no, we don’t take your president back.)
    Another free summer open-air concert today, the first group was quite enjoyable but then we left early. Mexican rap music is not really my favorite kind of music. Folk music open-air tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I saw specials on TV after I got home. It was still amazing to me. Still, when I look at the moon, I almost can’t believe that men have walked on it. I always wonder why space exploration stopped at the moon.

      The rain the other day left everything soaked, but it all dried yesterday and today. Tonight will only get down to 80˚. Tomorrow will be hot and humid again. We’re getting heat warnings instead of drought warnings.

      I have never heard of Mexican rap, and I’m not even going to hunt it down. Most outside activities were postponed today and will probably have the same fate tomorrow.

  4. Rowen Says:

    Capricorn One is pretty chilling. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.

    • katry Says:

      Rowen,
      My friends had never seen it so it was the perfect movie for last week on the deck given this week’s anniversary. They really liked it.

  5. lilydark Says:

    I can;t believe I don’t remember the moon landing. It is a cool day today, so I am staying in bed, mostly because of pain. I hope he cat situation works out.
    Lori and the gang.

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      We seem to have wandered into an impasse where they tolerate each other. I’m happy for that. I was worried about Henry’s feelings, but he seems okay.
      Love!


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