Saturday, July 26, 2008

That's One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap in Libraryland

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don't break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon

from Regatta de Blanc by The Police, 1979

Forty years ago today, (well 39 to be precise, give or take a week) on 21 July 1969, watched by a global television audience of millions, Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the lunar landing module, Eagle and bounced into the pages of world history. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", he said. Clear as anything I remember the black and white photograph of the surface of the moon imprinted with an astronaut's boot mark on the cover of National Geographic magazine which I read, unsupervised in the "Adult Area" at the Porirua Public Library. Fascinating. Walking on the moon. Imagine that. Having the ability to negotiate and then explore an unknown world.

The adventure in libraryland begins.


NSL Learning 2.0 team said...

Enjoy your own journey of exploration on the Web 2.0 programme - there may be some familiar ground but also exciting discoveries to be made!

cicci il gatto said...

Cara Sanchapanza, "every little thing she do is magic"
mi piace molto il tuo blog.Miaow.
Buon Viaggio.xx

lupi not the olive oil said...

What about all the folks out there in conspiracy-land who really don't believe that "One small step for man" ever happened? Now that could be a real minefield for a Librarian to negotiate! A good excuse to explore all the "stuff" that's out there now. Or maybe we should just call Houston?