July 20, 1969.
11 years old. I will be
the fifth grade in school next fall.
even built my own
model of the lunar module. I made my
lunar module out of a coffee can and a part from an old cream separator
that was shaped like the command module. I know it looks more
like the Command Service Module, but if I use my imagination, it is the
lunar module that I can land on the Moon.
This afternoon Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the
Moon! That is amazing. I really like space exploration.
For the landing legs on the lunar module I used some silver pieces from
an old car antenna. The landing leg footpad I made out of the flat
pieces from Ball jar lids.
When Neil and Buzz were landing on the Moon, I watched the TV up until
a few seconds before the landing. When it got close I ran outside
to conduct my own lunar landing at the same time with my lunar module
model. This was a little after 3 o'clock this afternoon.
My simulated lunar surface was a big area of freshly dug dirt which had
been taken out of the ground for the basement of a new house that my
parents were building. This big pile of dirt was like a
mountain on the Moon for me. Neil and Buzz were landing at
Tranquility which was supposed to be pretty flat, but I wanted a bigger
challenge for my astronauts. It also had a fair amount of sand left over
from the concrete work.
I rigged a pole in the ground so that I could have my lunar module
descend from orbit on a string. To make my simulation more
realistic I even had flames coming out of the engine nozzle on my lunar
As Neil and Buzz lowered towards the
surface at Tranquility I lowered
my lunar module towards its simulated lunar surface. My landing
was successful. The engine on my lunar module went out and I ran
back into the house to see how Neil and Buzz did. They were
successful too. I can't wait until they do their moon walk
I'm really looking forward to the new
house that my parents are
building. It will have running water, an indoor toilet, and even
a telephone. It's hard to believe that Man is on the Moon and we
are still living in a house without those modern conveniences. I
am not complaining, it just an interesting observation. In some
ways the lack of these conveniences makes me feel more like a pioneer
on the plains of Nebraska.
July 21, 1969.
Neil and Buzz did very well on the Moon walk last night. It was
pretty late before it finished, but I watched the whole thing on our
black and white TV. It would not have mattered even if we had a
color TV because their TV camera was only black and white.
I tried to take some pictures again with my camera. This time I
tried something different though. I tried color film instead of
black and white.
There is a reason that I tried color film was that for splashdown. I am
going to go over to my friend Kelly's house to watch the splashdown and
they have a color TV.
July 24, 1969.
Neil, Buzz, and Mike have returned from the Moon. It was a safe
I rode my bicycle over to my friend Kelly's house. Since we live
on a farm, their house is almost a half mile away. They even have
Their color TV is really nice. It was
pretty exciting to see the
splashdown news coverage in color. I took some photos with the
color film I had in my camera.
The recovery was kind of strange. Before they came out of the
space capsule they had to put on these gray suits with masks over their
faces. The TV said the reason that they did this was to protect
the Earth from any germs that they might have picked up on the
Moon. I guess it could be pretty bad if a Moon germ got loose on
They also said that the crew would be kept
in isolation for a few weeks
after the return. That is planned to make sure they do not come
down with some
new Moon disease after they got back.
my film back from being developed at the drug store. It was
pretty sad though, none of the pictures that I took turned out. I
guess I should have stuck with black and white film. That at least
worked for me on Apollo 8.
Since I live on a farm one of my jobs is to help out with work on the
farm. I help take care of the animals and sometimes help with
work in the fields.
This summer my Dad asked me if I wanted a pig to raise for my
own. It was the runt of the litter, so I would have to hand feed
it for a while. We would keep my pig in it's own separate
This pig was a cross breed between a Hampshire and a Yorkshire. It was gray with a white stripe across
It was pretty exciting to think that I would have my own pig.
Maybe it would be a way that I could make some money.
This piglet happened to be a female, but that didn't stop me from
Neil. I named her after Neil Armstrong.
Some time after Dad let me take care of
Neil, I talked him into letting
me take care of two more runt pigs. Can you guess what I named
them? One was a totally white pig, she was a Yorkshire
breed. I named her Edwin Aldrin.
The third pig was white but it had black spots all over it. It
had floppy ears. The breed of this pig was a Poland China.
This pig was a male pig. You have probably figured it out by now,
I named this pig Michael Collins.