The words "One small step for man, one giant Leap for mankind" are etched in the memory of many people of my Baby Boomer Generation. I can remember exactly where I was when I watched the first moon landing in 1969. A the time, I was at a Post Office Telecomms Training Centre in Stone, Staffordshire where the students slept in dormitories in old Nissen Huts with a shared communal bathroom. We watched this historic moment on a flickering black and white TV like the one in this video. We were all glued to the screen at an event no-one would have dreamed possible when I was born. Seeing it again yesterday at the National Space Museum in Leicester brought back so many memories, including the old TV "Test Card" which came up between programmes. It was great to see so many families at the museum for the "Doctor Who" event but it struck me as very sad that the young children showed no interest in watching this moment of history but were attracted to the many interactive exhibits where they could imagine what it is like to be an astronaut. The National Space Museum is a great place to visit and learn about much more than outer space. I did not know it at the time, but many years later, I would actually meet a man who walked on the moon - the late Ed Mitchell, a very inspiring man whose life was fundamentally changed by the experience.
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