Just heard Neil Armstrong passed away. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/nei ... 50193.html
I Finally read all about the Apollo 11 mission just a couple of weeks ago. I was never really into space travel until visiting the Air and Space museum at the Smithsonian and read about the moon landing. Unbelievable how efficient their systems were with what they had to work with. My cell phone had more processing power. Still boggles me how all their primitive (by today's standards) systems were able to get the lunar module back in lunar orbit to reconnect with the command module. No way they could ever do that today using that technology.
This got me thinking the other day, what is arguably the greatest achievement of mankind? Landing someone on the moon and returning has to be way up there. Others that come to mind (somewhat chronological): fire, agriculture, animal domestication, the wheel, written language, removable type, internal combustion engine, photographs, radio/television, alternating current, the assembly line, controlling nuclear fission, the transistor, machine that can solve a Rubik's cube (had to throw that in
), internet, manipulating DNA, etc. I know I forgot a bunch.