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Darula

APOLLO 11, 50 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

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That day has huge memories for me. Aged merely 16, I was representing Great Britain at the Idaho Farragut State Park Boy Scouts of America International jamboree. First time I had left the UK, let alone flown to another continent.. Was privileged to meet Astronaut, Frank Borman; Boxer, Archie Moore and Jessie Owens. Then watched the Moon landing on a colour TV which I had never seen before (and yes, the lunar images were grey!).

The overall experience changed my life deeply as it instilled a "can do" mentality into a previously unambitous child that had up to that point largely wasted his education and opportunities. I went on to enjoy a wonderful career that brought great satisfaction and reasonable affluence. But had I not been inspired by the combination of the Moon landing and this additional event. I suspect that I might have stumbled through life. But instead I now have few "I wish I had"  regrets. One of my greatest is perhaps not making time to properly enjoy astronomy until my retirement, but one cannot have everything. 

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