If you faked sick to stay home from school and watch an Apollo mission... this chock-full-of-goodness story is for you! From Cassini to the New Horizons Mission to Pluto, you've got to check this.
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I did that more than once when I was a kid--stay home from school to watch a space launch. One time a teacher, I think I was in 4th or 5th grade, was taking the day's roll call. When she got to my name, she said, " I might as well mark you absent for tomorrow, Martin, since there's a rocket launch I know you won't be in!" She was right....
I didn't have to fake being sick, though, since my Mom would let me stay home anyway because I normally always wanted to go to school.
I even had a space scrapbook with newspaper clippings and photos whenever there was a space launch, from the Mercury missions up to the Apollo moon landings. Don't know whatever happened to that scrapbook; I must have lost it somewhere when moving over the years.
But guess what--I STILL have 2 scrapbooks of pictures I drew or pictures we were given to color from back in Kindergarden ! That would waaay back in 1961....
I also have a special edition of Life magazine from 1969 titled "To The Moon And Back" covering the first moon landing--it cost me $1.50 at the time. Back then that was a pretty high price for a magazine, most cost only about 25 cents, maybe 50 cents at most. I had just a couple of dollars I had saved and debated whether to spend that much on a single magazine. It's still in pretty good shape with just the edges of the cover a bit frayed.
Sad to say, I'm still stuck here on Earth and haven't made it into space....yet.
If I had 'Bill Gate's-type money', I'd have a nuclear-powered spaceship built for myself and blast off into the deep reaches of outer space !!!
Anybody care to come along?