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LI’S MOON MEN
BY TIMOTHY BOLGER
When President John F.
Kennedy gave his famous
“We choose to go to the moon”
speech in 1962, it was Grumman
on Long Island who made it
happen seven years later.
NASA contracted the company
to design, build, and test
what became known as the
lunar module, the spacecraft
that U.S. astronauts used to
first set foot on Earth’s closest
celestial neighbor on July
20, 1969. The “Lem,” as it was
known for short, was about
twice the size of a standard
“The landing of the lunar
module and Neil Armstrong’s
walk on the moon was one of
the most momentous events in
American and world history
that Long Islanders remember
with pride,” says Adam
Sackowitz, a local historian.
“Long Island played a direct
role in landing man on the
Grumman built 13 lunar
modules during the course of
NASA’s Apollo program. Of
those, most went to space, but
three are on Earth, including
one at the Cradle of Aviation
Museum in Garden City,
where it is central to the current
“Countdown to Apollo at
50” exhibits, school initiatives,
and community programs celebrating
the mission’s golden
The moon landing redeemed
America’s space race credentials
after Russia became the first nation
to successfully launch an artificial
satellite into Earth’s orbit in 1957.
These days, NASA is busy using rovers
to explore Mars and having The
New Horizons spacecraft snap photos
of the Kuiper belt four billion miles
away. Catching up is China, which
made the surprise announcement in
January that it landed a rover on the
dark side of the moon.
Besides learning about moon
rocks, landing the lunar module on
the moon also reaffirmed the grit of
the nation — and the Long Islanders
who helped land astronauts there.
As Kennedy said, “We choose to
go to the Moon in this decade and do
the other things, not because they are
easy, but because they are hard.”
Astronaut John Young leaps from the lunar
surface as he salutes the U.S. flag next to the
lunar module during an Apollo 16 extravehicular
activity, April 21, 1972. (NASA Photo)
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