Linda Thom Remembers (And Salutes) The US Space Program
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Above, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin salutes the United States flag on the Moon on August 1, 1971.

Space Missions were magical, the world over

My husband and I were in Venice, Italy, during a moon landing in 1971.

We were at a restaurant and it was packed. The TV was on and everyone was silent. Nevertheless, our server was beside herself and kept pointing at the TV and telling us, "la luna, la luna." Of course, we were transfixed also as I am sure most ordinary human beings were.

The first landing was an amazing triumph. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, great heroes.

My husband worked at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis when he was in college. He worked on the Mercury and Apollo projects. We had a date on the day of the calamity of Apollo I. We spent the evening crying.

So, we remember our American astronauts. They are heroes in our minds.

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