A UK initiative encouraging the public to share their memories of the 1969 moon landing has received hundreds of testimonies.
The Moon Landing Memories programme, jointly launched by the UK Space Agency and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will see 50 of the submitted memories published in a ‘digital scrapbook’; while a selection of entries will be displayed at Leicester’s National Space Centre. The memories submitted to the campaign include UK residents who were inspired by the moon landing as children and went on to work in the science and space sectors; as well as a woman who delayed giving birth in order to be able to watch the crew of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: “These memories of the first moon landing bring to life the magic of that iconic moment. They clearly show why some of the children who watched live in 1969 were inspired to become the engineers and scientists that are now building our thriving space industry in the UK. To retain our status as one of the world leaders in the new space age, we need the next generation to follow in their footsteps and our modern Industrial Strategy is backing the industry to create these highly skilled, well paid space jobs for the future.”
European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake said: “Thank you to all those who took part in the Moon Landing Memories campaign. The Apollo 11 lunar landing was humanity’s most audacious mission and our greatest achievement. It is no surprise that for those who watched it live, and for those who were born into a world where humans had already walked on the moon, it remains a source of inspiration and wonder. As we reflect on past achievements and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we must also look to the future as we embark on a new era of space exploration to the moon, Mars and beyond.”