Forty years ago today. I remember like it was yesterday. There I was in a living room in northern New Jersey, watching men walk on the moon. For a fleeting moment, human beings were on two worlds instead of just one.
This Thursday — yep, the day after tomorrow — marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which four days later allowed a certain Neil Armstrong to get his boots dirty in a manner never before experienced by humankind. To mark the occasion, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has set up a Web site called We Choose the Moon that allows you to follow the timeline of the Apollo 11 mission from the comfort of your PC or Mac — either of which, I am astonished to realize, probably has more computing oomph than the machines used to guide three men safely to the moon and back. They’re in pre-launch mode now, of course, but I expect this will be one of my favorite sites for the next week or so.