Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Gordon Forgey
Gazette Publisher 

Why can't we?


In 1961, President John F Kennedy proclaimed that America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

That promise came to pass.

The Eagle, NASA’s lunar lander, touched down on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, fifty years ago, in a place called the Sea of Tranquility.

This was the Apollo 11 mission, crewed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

The entire mission from earth to moon and back lasted eight days, three hours and 19 minutes.

It was a remarkable feat.

The mission faced computer overload and the necessity of changing the touchdown site. Yet, Armstro...

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