Space…… we are up there


In the week we remember the Apollo  11 journey to the moon we often forget that we are still up there in space.

As the sun went down I got a brief ‘sparkling‘ reminder that somewhere up there the International Manned Space Station is Orbiting our world.

Look carefully in the upper left quarter and you can just see a bright spot catching the last of our suns rays (no it is not a dust spot)… in truth I didn’t know it was in the shot till I downloaded the image.

The following evening after what had been a cloudy day the sky cleared and there was the moon….and once again its reflected light caught the Space Station.


I am not sure we really appreciated how basic the science and technology was behind those moon landings, yet they set us on the way to all the advances we take for granted today. True moon landings had a short lifespan, but we have gone on to develop Mobile Cell Phones, Robotics in every aspect of our lives, Computer and Digitisation techniques we use everyday, all way beyond what we ever imagined let alone thought possible. Now we have Renewable Energy and perhaps above all a better understanding on just how fragile and small our World is.

Somehow when that famous quote ” one small step for man…one giant leap for mankind” was made, I don’t think we realise just how big that leap would be.

Not sure returning to the moon is wise, after all we have been making a mess of this world so why damage the moon, it far too valuable for its daily influence on our tides and weather….. and definitely not allow it to become a glamour project for Trump.

16th July

(C) David Oakes 2019



11 thoughts on “Space…… we are up there

  1. I really remember that day,…. and it was one of unforgettable memories for me… Once again I went to those days… The Moon still impresses me… I loved your photograph, Moon in the blue sky standing amazing… Yesterday I tried to take its photograph, but to catch with the blue sky doesn’t make clear the Moon on the other hand when I make zoom, the blue sky becomes black and the Moon clear… Because of my Mr. Sixty of course… Later I will share… Thank you dear David, it was a nice post, have a nice day, Love, nia


  2. Great post and photo, David. I agree with you in much of it. I am against us exploring other planets or space phenomena. It costs too much and gives less back, and your last sentences says it all.


  3. As an American teenager at the time of the first moon landing, I was enthralled with the news and so proud of our country and NASA’s scientists, engineers, and astronauts. I remember staying up late at night to watch it all and filled a scrapbook full of newspaper and magazine clippings about Apollo 11. I can still remember the gigantic banner headline in capital letters running across our city’s newspaper — “WE’RE ON THE MOON.” You are right that it was not just a momentous occasion but it paved the way for so much technology we have today. There’s a little town named Apollo in the state I live in here in the US and they are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. By the way, we also have a town named Mars here too. 😉


    • You are right to be proud of what was achieved (looking back it does seem as if it was very much against the odds)….as a none American I guess we were equally as thrilled. Yep, we staid up late to see the life TV coverage and I can still visualise those ghostly white images on a very small TV screen. Knowing what we know now it seems even more remarkable that the Apollo landing was actually possible. It indeed was remarkable. I guess it wasn’t surprising that there were doubters who thought it all happened in Hollywood! 🙂


  4. It seems we might not have the time neede to destroy much more, David?
    I’m thinking of the last message emitted from the scientist, Stephen Hawkings: Humanity will have a jundred years to leave this planet in order to preserve the human race! So what was it that he knew and didn’t dare tell us?


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