APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT BUZZ ALDRIN SAYS:
"The book's vivid narrative and captivating photographs transported me through space and time: I felt that I was once again standing on the surface of the Moon in 1969. Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame ‘tells it like it really was’ in America's early space program - the adventure, the risks, and the rewards. I almost believe that Anthony was there! I think that parents and teachers will appreciate the inspiring message this unique history book holds for America's next generation. I recommend this book to all young Americans, may they take us to the stars and beyond."
Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Apollo 11 Astronaut
The Second Human to Walk on the Moon
From Chapter 2: The Men on the Moon
In the vacuum of space, the Lunar Module’s engine fired without making a sound. I watched as the tiny spacecraft shot up from the surface of the moon and began its long journey back through the heavens, and toward home.
I waved goodbye.
The engine’s blast toppled the American flag, so I went over to stand it up. ... I took one last look at the planet Earth, shining in the blackness of space above the moon’s horizon.
We are meant to see the earth from this vantage point. It’s our destiny. It’s our purpose. After all, “those who study the stars have God for a teacher.” We are meant to someday reach the farthest corner of the infinite universe, and to look back in wonder upon God’s magnificent creation.
My father had once read me a passage from a book by astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to stand on the surface of the moon. I remembered it: “Too many years have passed for me to still be the last man to have walked on the moon. Somewhere on Earth today is the young girl or boy, the possessor of indomitable will and courage, who will lift that dubious honor from me and take us back where we belong.”
After the Apollo 11 mission, astronaut Michael Collins said something similar. He said: “Someday in the not-too-distant future, when I listen to an earthling step out onto the surface of Mars or some other planet, just as I listened to Neil step out onto the surface of the moon, I hope I hear him say: ‘I come from the United States of America.’”
I hope to hear the same thing . . . someday.
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