We choose to go to the moon: Science writer Bev Orndorff covered the moon landing for the Times-Dispatch at mission control in Houston during the Apollo 11 flight in July 1969.
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Earth may have moved on in the last half-century, but it makes our accomplishment no less magnificent.
That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve those first lunar footsteps.
A half-century ago, in the middle of a mean year of war, famine, violence in the streets and the widening of the generation gap, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting people around the globe in a way not seen before or since.