Greegs & Ladders: An Incredible Journey Through Space And Time
ActiveInk enables the natural use of pen for active reading behaviors, while supporting analytic actions by activating any of these ink strokes. Through a qualitative study with eight participants, we contribute observations of active reading behaviors during data exploration and design principles to support sensemaking. Computer vision and pattern recognition are increasingly being employed by smartphone and tablet applications targeted at lay-users. An open design challenge is to make such systems intelligible without requiring users to become technical experts.
This paper reports a lab study examining the role of visual feedback. Participants in our study showed a tendency to misunderstand the meaning being conveyed by the feedback, relating it to processing outcomes and higher level concepts, when in reality the feedback represented low level features. Drawing on the experimental results and the qualitative data collected, we discuss the challenges of designing interactions around pattern matching algorithms. What makes a city meaningful to its residents? What attracts people to live in a city and to care for it?
This theory offers ideas for developing community attachment, heightening the legibility of the city, and intensifying lived experiences in the city. We add to this body of research with an analysis of several initiatives of City Yeast, a community-based design collective in Taiwan that proposes the metaphor of fermentation as an approach to placemaking. We unpack how this approach shapes their design practice and link its implications to urban informatics research in HCI.
We suggest that smart cities can also be pursued by leveraging the knowledge of city residents and helping to facilitate their participation in acts of perceiving, envisioning, and improving their local communities, including but not limited to smart and connected technologies. Through a design-led inquiry focused on smart home security cameras, this research develops three key concepts for research and design pertaining to new and emerging digital consumer technologies.
Digital leakage names the propensity for digital information to be shared, stolen, and misused in ways unbeknownst or even harmful to those to whom the data pertains or belongs. Foot-in-the-door devices are product and services with functional offerings and affordances that work to normalize and integrate a technology, thus laying groundwork for future adoption of features that might have earlier been rejected as unacceptable or unnecessary. Developed and illustrated through a set of design studies and explorations, this paper shows how these concepts may be used analytically to investigate issues such as privacy and security, anticipatorily to speculate about the future of technology development and use, and generatively to synthesize design concepts and solutions.
To investigate preferences for mobile and wearable sound awareness systems, we conducted an online survey with DHH participants. The survey explores how demographic factors affect perceptions of sound awareness technologies, gauges interest in specific sounds and sound characteristics, solicits reactions to three design scenarios smartphone, smartwatch, head-mounted display and two output modalities visual, haptic , and probes issues related to social context of use. While most participants were highly interested in being aware of sounds, this interest was modulated by communication preference—that is, for sign or oral communication or both.
Other findings related to sound type, full captions vs. However, their invisible nature with no or limited visuals makes it difficult for users to interact with unfamiliar VUIs. We analyze the impact of user characteristics and preferences on how users interact with a VUI-based calendar, DiscoverCal. While recent VUI studies analyze user behavior through self-reported data, we extend this research by analyzing both VUI usage data and self-reported data to observe correlations between both data types.
Difficulties in accessing, isolating, and iterating on the components and connections of a printed circuit board PCB create unique challenges in PCB debugging. Manual probing methods are slow and error prone, and even dedicated PCB testing equipment remains limited by its inability to modify the circuit during testing. We present Pinpoint, a tool that facilitates in-circuit PCB debugging through techniques such as programmatically probing signals, dynamically disconnecting components and subcircuits to test in isolation, and splicing in new elements to explore potential modifications.
The contours of user experience UX design practice have been shaped by a diverse array of practitioners and disciplines, resulting in a diffuse and decentralized body of UX-specific disciplinary knowledge. The rapidly shifting space that UX knowledge occupies, in conjunction with a long-existing research-practice gap, presents unique challenges and opportunities to UX educators and aspiring UX designers.
Specifically, we used natural language processing techniques and qualitative content analysis to identify a disciplinary vocabulary invoked by UX designers in this online community, as well as conceptual trajectories spanning over nine years which could shed light on the evolution of UX practice. This assumption has not been systematically studied. We present an in-lab experiment and a Mechanical Turk study to examine the effects of integral and separable visual cues on the recall and comprehension of visualizations that are accompanied by audio narration.
Eye-tracking data in the in-lab experiment confirm that cues helped the viewers focus on relevant parts of the visualization faster. We found that in general, visual cues did not have a significant effect on learning outcomes, but for specific cue techniques e. Based on these results, we discuss how presenters might select visual cues depending on the role of the cues and the visualization type. Mobile self-reports are a popular technique to collect participant labelled data in the wild. While literature has focused on increasing participant compliance to self-report questionnaires, relatively little work has assessed response accuracy.
In this paper, we investigate how participant context can affect response accuracy and help identify strategies to improve the accuracy of mobile self-report data. In a 3-week study we collect over 2, questionnaires containing both verifiable and non-verifiable questions.
We find that response accuracy is higher for questionnaires that arrive when the phone is not in ongoing or very recent use. Furthermore, our results show that long completion times are an indicator of a lower accuracy. We offer actionable recommendations to assist researchers in their future deployments of mobile self-report studies.
We present an assistive suitcase system, BBeep, for supporting blind people when walking through crowded environments. BBeep uses pre-emptive sound notifications to help clear a path by alerting both the user and nearby pedestrians about the potential risk of collision. BBeep triggers notifications by tracking pedestrians, predicting their future position in real-time, and provides sound notifications only when it anticipates a future collision. We investigate how different types and timings of sound affect nearby pedestrian behavior.
In our experiments, we found that sound emission timing has a significant impact on nearby pedestrian trajectories when compared to different sound types. Based on these findings, we performed a real-world user study at an international airport, where blind participants navigated with the suitcase in crowded areas. We observed that the proposed system significantly reduces the number of imminent collisions. In recent years, research has revealed gender biases in numerous software products.
But although some researchers have found ways to improve gender participation in specific software projects, general methods focus mainly on detecting gender biases — not fixing them. To help fill this gap, we investigated whether the GenderMag bias detection method can lead directly to designs with fewer gender biases. In our 3-step investigation, two HCI researchers analyzed an industrial software product using GenderMag; we derived design changes to the product using the biases they found; and ran an empirical study of participants using the original product versus the new version.
Autonomous driving provides new opportunities for the use of time during a car ride. One such important scenario is working. We conducted a neuroergonomical study to compare three configurations of a car interior based on lighting, visual stimulation, sound regarding their potential to support productive work. We assessed participants? Our results show that a configuration with a large-area, bright light with high blue components, and reduced visual and auditory stimuli promote performance, quality, efficiency, increased concentration and lower cognitive workload.
Increased visual and auditory stimulation paired with linear, darker light with very few blue components resulted in lower performance, reduced subjective concentration, and higher cognitive workload, but did not differ from a normal car configuration. Our multi-method approach thus reveals possible car interior configurations for an ideal workspace. To address this problem, we propose sensing techniques that transition between various nuances of mobile and stationary use via postural awareness. These postural nuances include shifting hand grips, varying screen angle and orientation, planting the palm while writing or sketching, and detecting what direction the hands approach from.
To achieve this, our system combines three sensing modalities: 1 raw capacitance touchscreen images, 2 inertial motion, and 3 electric field sensors around the screen bezel for grasp and hand proximity detection. Often Virtual Reality VR experiences are limited by the design of standard controllers.
This work aims to liberate a VR developer from these limitations in the physical realm to provide an expressive match to the limitless possibilities in the virtual realm. VirtualBricks is a LEGO based toolkit that enables construction of a variety of physical-manipulation enabled controllers for VR, by offering a set of feature bricks that emulate as well as extend the capabilities of default controllers. We demonstrate the versatility of our designs through a rich set of applications including re-implementations of artifacts from recent research. We present CATS, a digital painting system that synthesizes textures from live video in real-time, short-cutting the typical brush- and texture- gathering workflow.
Through the use of boundary-aware texture synthesis, CATS produces strokes that are non-repeating and blend smoothly with each other. This allows CATS to produce paintings that would be difficult to create with traditional art supplies or existing software. We evaluated the effectiveness of CATS by asking artists to integrate the tool into their creative practice for two weeks; their paintings and feedback demonstrate that CATS is an expressive tool which can be used to create richly textured paintings. Full-coverage displays can place visual content anywhere on the interior surfaces of a room e.
In these settings, digital artefacts can be located behind the user and out of their field of view — meaning that it can be difficult to notify the user when these artefacts need attention. Although much research has been carried out on notification, little is known about how best to direct people to the necessary location in room environments. We designed five diverse attention-guiding techniques for full-coverage display rooms, and evaluated them in a study where participants completed search tasks guided by the different techniques.
Our study provides new results about notification in full-coverage displays: we showed benefits of persistent visualisations that could be followed all the way to the target and that indicate distance-to-target. Our findings provide useful information for improving the usability of interactive full-coverage environments.
We compared four audio-based radar metaphors for providing directional stimuli to users of AR headsets. The metaphors are clock face, compass, white noise, and scale. Each metaphor, or method, signals the movement of a virtual arm in a radar sweep. In a user study, statistically significant differences were observed for accuracy and response time.
Beat-based methods clock face, compass elicited responses biased to the left of the stimulus location, and non-beat-based methods white noise, scale produced responses biased to the right of the stimulus location. The beat methods were more accurate than the non-beat methods. However, the non-beat methods elicited quicker responses. We also discuss how response accuracy varies along the radar sweep between methods.
These observations contribute design insights for non-verbal, non-visual directional prompting. As design thinking shifted away from conventional methods with the rapid adoption of computer-aided design and fabrication technologies, architects have been seeking ways to initiate a comprehensive dialogue between the virtual and the material realms.
Current methodologies do not offer embodied workflows that utilize the feedback obtained through a subsequent transition process between physical and digital design. Therefore, narrowing the separation between these two platforms remains as a research problem. This literature review elaborates the divide between physical and digital design, testing and manufacturing techniques in the morphological process of architectural form. We first review the digital transformation in the architectural design discourse.
Then, we proceed by introducing a variety of methods that are integrating digital and physical workflows and suggesting an alternative approach. Our work unveils that there is a need for empirical research with a focus on integrated approaches to create intuitively embodied experiences for architectural designers. Breastfeeding is not only a public health issue, but also a matter of economic and social justice. This paper presents an iteration of a participatory design process to create spaces for re-imagining products, services, systems, and policies that support breastfeeding in the United States.
Our work contributes to a growing literature around making hackathons more inclusive and accessible, designing participatory processes that center marginalized voices, and incorporating systems- and relationship-based approaches to problem solving. Key to our re-imagining of conventional innovation structures is a focus on experience design, where joy and play serve as key strategies to help people and institutions build relationships across lines of difference.
We conclude with a discussion of design principles applicable not only to designers of events, but to social movement researchers and HCI scholars trying to address oppression through the design of technologies and socio-technical systems. We introduce Project Sidewalk, a new web-based tool that enables online crowdworkers to remotely label pedestrian-related accessibility problems by virtually walking through city streets in Google Street View. To train, engage, and sustain users, we apply basic game design principles such as interactive onboarding, mission-based tasks, and progress dashboards.
In an month deployment study, online users contributed , labels and audited 2, miles of Washington DC streets. We compare behavioral and labeling quality differences between paid crowdworkers and volunteers, investigate the effects of label type, label severity, and majority vote on accuracy, and analyze common labeling errors. Our findings demonstrate the potential of virtually auditing urban accessibility and highlight tradeoffs between scalability and quality compared to traditional approaches.
The sport data tracking systems available today are based on specialized hardware high-definition cameras, speed radars, RFID to detect and track targets on the field. While effective, implementing and maintaining these systems pose a number of challenges, including high cost and need for close human monitoring. On the other hand, the sports analytics community has been exploring human computation and crowdsourcing in order to produce tracking data that is trustworthy, cheaper and more accessible.
However, state-of-the-art methods require a large number of users to perform the annotation, or put too much burden into a single user. We propose HistoryTracker, a methodology that facilitates the creation of tracking data for baseball games by warm-starting the annotation process using a vast collection of historical data. We show that HistoryTracker helps users to produce tracking data in a fast and reliable way.
Clinical psychology literature indicates that reframing ir- rational thoughts can help bring positive cognitive change to those suffering from mental distress. Through data from an online mental health forum, we study how these cognitive processes play out in peer-to-peer conversations. Using this definition, we propose a predictive model that can identify whether a conversation thread or a post is associated with a moment of cognitive change.
Consistent with psychological literature, we find that markers of language associated with sentiment and and affect are the most predictive. Further, cultural differences play an important role: predictive models trained on one country generalize poorly to others. To understand how a moment of change happens, we build a model that explicitly tracks topic and associated sentiment in a forum thread. We present explorable multiverse analysis reports, a new approach to statistical reporting where readers of research papers can explore alternative analysis options by interacting with the paper itself.
This approach draws from two recent ideas: i multiverse analysis, a philosophy of statistical reporting where paper authors report the outcomes of many different statistical analyses in order to show how fragile or robust their findings are; and ii explorable explanations, narratives that can be read as normal explanations but where the reader can also become active by dynamically changing some elements of the explanation.
Based on five examples and a design space analysis, we show how combining those two ideas can complement existing reporting approaches and constitute a step towards more transparent research papers. Certain video games show promise as tools for training spatial skills, one of the strongest predictors of future success in STEM. However, little is known about the gaming preferences of those who would benefit the most from such interventions: low spatial skill students. To provide guidance on how to design training games for this population, we conducted a survey of participants from three populations: online college-age, students from a low SES high school, and students from a high SES high school.
Participants took a timed test of spatial skills and then answered questions about their demographics, gameplay habits, preferences, and motivations. The only predictors of spatial skill were gender and population: female participants from online and low SES high school populations had the lowest spatial skill. In light of these findings, we provide design recommendations for game-based spatial skill interventions targeting low spatial skill students. Trust facilitates cooperation and supports positive outcomes in social groups, including member satisfaction, information sharing, and task performance.
Here, we build on past work to present a comprehensive framework for predicting trust in groups. Last, we demonstrate how group trust predicts outcomes at both individual and group level such as the formation of new friendship ties. Visualization tools facilitate exploratory data analysis, but fall short at supporting hypothesis-based reasoning. We conducted an exploratory study to investigate how visualizations might support a concept-driven analysis style, where users can optionally share their hypotheses and conceptual models in natural language, and receive customized plots depicting the fit of their models to the data.
We report on how participants leveraged these unique affordances for visual analysis. We found that a majority of participants articulated meaningful models and predictions, utilizing them as entry points to sensemaking. We contribute an abstract typology representing the types of models participants held and externalized as data expectations.
Our findings suggest ways for rearchitecting visual analytics tools to better support hypothesis- and model-based reasoning, in addition to their traditional role in exploratory analysis. We discuss the design implications and reflect on the potential benefits and challenges involved. We have developed a pictorial multi-item scale, called P-SUS Pictorial System Usability Scale , which aims to measure the perceived usability of mobile devices. A user-centred design process was employed to develop and refine its 10 pictorial items. Psychometric properties convergent validity, criterion-related validity, sensitivity, and reliability , as well as the motivation to fill in the scale were assessed.
The results indicated satisfactory convergent validity for about two-thirds of the items. Furthermore, strong correlations were obtained for the sum scores between verbal and pictorial SUS, and the pictorial scale was perceived as more motivating than the verbal questionnaire. The P-SUS represents a first attempt to provide a pictorial usability scale for the evaluation of mobile devices.
Public commentary related to reality TV can be overwhelmed by thoughtless reactions and negative sentiments, which often problematically reinforce the cultural stereotyping typically employed in such media. Our findings highlight how Screenr supported interrogation of the production qualities and claims of shows, promoted critical discourse around the motivations of programmes, and engaged participants in reflecting on their own assumptions and views. We situate our results within the context of existing second-screening co-viewing work, discuss implications for such technologies to support critical engagement with socio-political media, and provide design implications for future digital technologies in this domain.
Recent hand-held controllers have explored a variety of haptic feedback sensations for users in virtual reality by producing both kinesthetic and cutaneous feedback from virtual objects. In this paper, we present TORC, a rigid haptic controller that renders virtual object characteristics and behaviors such as texture and compliance. During the interaction, vibrotactile motors produce sensations to each finger that represent the haptic feel of squeezing, shearing or turning an object. Our evaluation showed that using TORC, participants could manipulate virtual objects more precisely e.
HCI4D researchers and practitioners have leveraged voice forums to enable people with literacy, socioeconomic, and connectivity barriers to access, report, and share information. Although voice forums have received impassioned usage from low-income, low-literate, rural, tribal, and disabled communities in diverse HCI4D contexts, the participation of women in these services is almost non-existent. In this paper, we investigate the reasons for the low participation of women in social media voice forums by examining the use of Sangeet Swara in India and Baang in Pakistan by marginalized women and men.
Our mixed-methods approach spanning content analysis of audio posts, quantitative analysis of interactions between users, and qualitative interviews with users indicate gender inequity due to deep-rooted patriarchal values. We found that women on these forums faced systemic discrimination and encountered abusive content, flirts, threats, and harassment. We discuss design recommendations to create social media voice forums that foster gender equity in use of these services.
In HCI, adult concerns about technologies for children have been studied extensively. However, less is known about what children themselves find concerning in everyday technologies. The creepy signals from technology the children described include: deception, lack of control, mimicry, ominous physical appearance, and unpredictability. Children acknowledged trusted adults will mediate the relationship between creepy technology signals and fear responses.
While educational technologies such as MOOCs have helped scale content-based learning, scaling situated learning is still challenging. The time it takes to define a real-world project and to mentor learners is often prohibitive, especially given the limited contributions that novices are able to make. This paper introduces micro-role hierarchies, a form of coordination that integrates workflows and hierarchies to help short-term novices predictably contribute to complex projects. Individuals contribute through micro-roles, small experiential assignments taking roughly 2 hours.
These micro-roles support execution of the desired work process, but also sequence into learning pathways, resulting in a learning dynamic similar to moving up an organizational hierarchy. We demonstrate micro-role hierarchies through Causeway, a platform for learning web development while building websites for nonprofits. We carry out a proof-of-concept study in which learners built static websites for refugee resettlement agencies in 2 hour long roles.
Tapping is an immensely important gesture in mobile touchscreen interfaces, yet people still frequently are required to learn which elements are tappable through trial and error. Predicting human behavior for this everyday gesture can help mobile app designers understand an important aspect of the usability of their apps without having to run a user study.
In this paper, we present an approach for modeling tappability of mobile interfaces at scale. We conducted large-scale data collection of interface tappability over a rich set of mobile apps using crowdsourcing and computationally investigated a variety of signifiers that people use to distinguish tappable versus not-tappable elements.
Based on the dataset, we developed and trained a deep neural network that predicts how likely a user will perceive an interface element as tappable versus not tappable. Using the trained tappability model, we developed TapShoe, a tool that automatically diagnoses mismatches between the tappability of each element as perceived by a human user—predicted by our model, and the intended or actual tappable state of the element specified by the developer or designer.
Our model achieved reasonable accuracy: mean precision The tappability model and TapShoe were well received by designers via an informal evaluation with 7 professional interaction designers. Navigating source code, an activity common in software development, is time consuming and in need of improvement. We present CodeGazer, a prototype for source code navigation using eye gaze for common navigation functions.
Gaze-based navigation is also holding up well in completion time when compared to traditional methods. HCI scholarship is increasingly concerned with the ethical impact of socio-technical systems. Current theoretically driven approaches that engage with ethics generally prescribe only abstract approaches by which designers might consider values in the design process.
However, there is little guidance on methods that promote value discovery, which might lead to more specific examples of relevant values in specific design contexts. We demonstrate the use of this method, called Ethicography, in describing value discovery and use throughout the design process. We present analysis of design activity by user experience UX design students in two lab protocol conditions, describing specific human values that designers considered for each task, and visualizing the interplay of these values.
We identify opportunities for further research, using the Ethicograph method to illustrate value discovery and translation into design solutions. Using qualitative methods, we analyzed problem descriptions to study the security issues users faced and the symptoms that led users to their own diagnoses. Subsequently, we investigated to what extent and for what types of issues user diagnoses matched those of experts. We found, for example, that users and experts were likely to agree for most issues, but not for attacks e.
Our findings inform several user-security improvements, including how to automate interactions with users to resolve issues and to better communicate issues to users. Many personal informatics systems allow people to collect and manage personal data and reflect more deeply about themselves. However, these tools rarely offer ways to customize how the data is visualized. In this work, we investigate the question of how to enable people to determine the representation of their data. We analyzed the Dear Data project to gain insights into the design elements of personal visualizations.
We developed DataSelfie, a novel system that allows individuals to gather personal data and design custom visuals to represent the collected data. We conducted a user study to evaluate the usability of the system as well as its potential for individual and collaborative sensemaking of the data. Virtual reality VR headsets allow wearers to escape their physical surroundings, immersing themselves in a virtual world.
Although escape may not be realistic or acceptable in many everyday situations, air travel is one context where early adoption of VR could be very attractive. While travelling, passengers are seated in restricted spaces for long durations, reliant on limited seat-back displays or mobile devices.
This paper explores the social acceptability and usability of VR for in-flight entertainment. Based on the survey results, we developed a VR in-flight entertainment prototype and evaluated this in a focus group study. Our results discuss methods for improving the acceptability of VR in-flight, including using mixed reality to help users transition between virtual and physical environments and supporting interruption from other co-located people.
In video production, inserting B-roll is a widely used technique to enrich the story and make a video more engaging. However, determining the right content and positions of B-roll and actually inserting it within the main footage can be challenging, and novice producers often struggle to get both timing and content right.
We present B-Script, a system that supports B-roll video editing via interactive transcripts. B-Script has a built-in recommendation system trained on expert-annotated data, recommending users B-roll position and content. To evaluate the system, we conducted a within-subject user study with participants, and compared three interface variations: a timeline-based editor, a transcript-based editor, and a transcript-based editor with recommendations. Users found it easier and were faster to insert B-roll using the transcript-based interface, and they created more engaging videos when recommendations were provided.
Dynamic elements of the drawing process e. Using our probe, we conducted studies with artists and art viewers, which reveal digital and physical representations of creative process as a means of reflecting on a multitude of factors about the finished artwork, including technique, style, and the emotions of the artists. We conclude by discussing future directions for HCI systems that sense and visualize aspects of the creative process in digitally-mediated arts, as well as the social considerations of sharing and curating intimate process information.
Although early interventions can provide significant benefits, PD diagnosis is often delayed due to both the mildness of early signs and the high requirements imposed by traditional screening and diagnosis methods. We investigate four types of common gestures, including flick, drag, pinch, and handwriting gestures, and propose a set of features to capture PD motor signs. Through a subject 35 early PD subjects and 67 age-matched controls study, our approach achieved an AUC of 0.
Our work constitutes an important step towards unobtrusive, implicit, and convenient early PD detection from routine smartphone interactions. There is a growing body of literature in HCI examining the intersection between policymaking and technology research. However, what it means to engage in policymaking in our field, or the ways in which evidence from HCI studies is translated into policy, is not well understood.
We report on interviews with 11 participants working at the intersection of technology research and policymaking. Analysis of this data highlights how evidence is understood and made sense of in policymaking processes, what forms of evidence are privileged over others, and the work that researchers engage in to meaningfully communicate their work to policymaking audiences. We discuss how our findings pose challenges for certain traditions of research in HCI, yet also open up new policy opportunities for those engaging in more speculative research practices.
We conclude by discussing three ways forward that the HCI community can explore to increase engagement with policymaking contexts. Returning citizens formerly incarcerated individuals face great challenges finding employment, and these are exacerbated by the need for digital literacy in modern job search.
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Through 23 semi-structured interviews and a pilot digital literacy course with returning citizens in the Greater Detroit area, we explore tactics and needs with respect to job search and digital technology. Returning citizens exhibit great diversity, but overall, we find our participants to have striking gaps in digital literacy upon release, even as they are quickly introduced to smartphones by friends and family. They tend to have employable skills and ability to use offline social networks to find opportunities, but have little understanding of formal job search processes, online or offline.
They mostly mirror mainstream use of mobile technology, but they have various reasons to avoid social media. No astronomical body could come among us, with a mass as great as a fifth of the Moon, without causing trouble. The newscasters, with a ready skill for lurid possibilities, were blaring of all sorts of horrible events impending. I told the girls all I knew of the approaching wanderer. The density was similar to that of Earth. The oncoming velocity and the calculated elements of its orbit now were such that within a few weeks more the new planet would round our Sun and presumably head outward again.
It would pass within a few million miles of us, causing a disturbance to Earth's orbit, even a change of the inclination of our axis, affecting our tides and our climate. Why can't a newscaster tell you what is so mysterious? This whole thing, up to today, has been withheld from the public of Earth and Venus. The Martian Union tried to withhold it, but could not. Every heliogram between the worlds is censored.
No normal heavenly body does that. They calculated the elements of its orbit last April. They've done it twenty times since, and every time the projected orbit is different. Just a little at first, but last week the accursed thing actually took a sudden turn, as though it were a spaceship. It's now between Jupiter and Mars, invisible to the naked eye, of course, but still it's not very far away. I've been out there myself. With instruments, we ought to be able to see its surface; see whether it has land and water, inhabitants perhaps. You should be able to distinguish an object on its surface as large as a city, but you can't.
Not exactly blurred, but a distortion, a fading. It's some abnormality of the light-waves. He dashed across the room, kissed Venza, pretended that he was about to kiss Anita, and winked at me. He was a dynamic little fellow, small, wiry, red-headed and freckle-faced, and had been the radio-helio operator of the ill-fated Planetara.
He was a perfect match for Venza, for all the millions of miles that separated their native lands. Venza, too was small and slim, her manner as readily jocular as his. My private life is my own, so far. We're not married yet, since you insist on us going to Grebhar for the ceremony.
Everybody is. I've got news for you, Gregg. I regarded him blankly and my mind swept back. No more than a few short weeks ago Detective-Colonel Halsey of Divisional Headquarters here in Greater New York had sent for us, and we had been precipitated into the Grantline affair. An open window was beside us, leading to a tiny catwalk balcony. It was moonlit now, and two hundred feet above the pedestrian viaduct. I had none. Snap produced his little coil and indicator dial. Shove over that chair, Gregg. He disconnected one of the room's tube-lights and contacted with the cathode.
It was a makeshift method, but as he dropped to the floor, uncoiling a little length of his wire for an external pick-up, we saw that the thing worked. The pointer on the dial-face was swaying. He and I carried the detector to the length of the hall. The indicator went nearer normal.
Inside the room, we made connection with a newscaster's blaring voice. Under cover of it we could talk. Snap gathered us close around him. It all connects. His office paged me on a public mirror. I happened to see it at Park-Circle When I answered it, Halsey's man wanted me to talk in code. I can't talk in code; I have enough to worry about with the interplanetary helios. Then they sent me to an official booth, where I got examined for positive legal identification, and then they put me on the official split-wave length.
After all of which precautions I was told to be at Halsey's office tonight at midnight, and told a few other things. You and Venza. We've got to get into his office secretly, by the vacuum cylinders. We're to meet a man from his office at the Eighth Postal switch-station. If she's going, I'm going too! Snap gazed at her and grinned. Naturally he must want you; that's why he said Venza.
We left half an hour before midnight. The girls were both in gray, with long capes. We took the public monorail into the mid-Manhattan section under the city roof of the business district, and into the Eighth Postal switch-station where the sleek bronze cylinders came tumbling out of the vacuum ports to be re-routed and dispatched again.
Ever heard of her? We were put into one of the oversized mail cylinders and routed through the tubes like sacks of recorded letters; in ten minutes, with a thump that knocked the breath out of all of us, we were in the switch-rack of Halsey's outer office. We clambered from the cylinder. Our guide led us down one of the gloomy metal corridors. It echoed with our tread. The door slid down behind us. We advanced into the small blue-lit apartment, steel-lined like a vault.
Colonel Halsey sat at his desk, with a few papers before him and a bank of instrument controls at his elbow. He pushed his audiphone and mirror-grid to one side. I thought, whatever you want her for, you might need me, too. Perhaps I shall. I hope this may be a more auspicious occasion.
Snap said, "We've been afraid hardly to do more than a whisper. But you're insulated here, and we're mighty curious. Halsey nodded. You flatter me, Colonel Halsey.
Her long gray skirt had parted to display her shapely, gray-satined legs. She had thrown off the hood of her cloak. Her thick black hair was coiled in a knot low at the back of her neck; her carmine lips bore an alluring smile. It was all instinctive. To this girl from Venus it came as naturally as she breathed. Halsey's gray eyes twinkled. You would get the better of me; I'm glad you're not a criminal. His smile faded at once. His glance included us all. He has a younger sister, Setta Meka. Have any of you heard of them? We had not. Halsey went on, slowly now, apparently choosing his words with the greatest care.
For another, I have my orders; this thing concerns the very highest authorities, not only of the U. He paused, but none of us spoke. They have some secret. They are engaged  in some activity, and I want to find out what it is. I have picked up only little parts of it. He stopped; and out of the silence Snap said, "If you don't mind, Colonel Halsey, it seems to me you are mostly talking in code.
You, Miss Venza, need only understand this: the Martian, Molo, must be induced to give you some idea of what he is doing here. More than that, you have far more than your normal share of wits and brains. It did not make Venza smile. She sat tense now, with her dark-eyed gaze fastened on Halsey's face. Anita, equally breathless, reached over and gripped her hand.
Doing, what seems the best thing, not for you, perhaps, but for the world. I seemed to see into his mind at that moment. He might have been a father, sending a daughter into danger. I have lost a dozen men. You'll have to consider this a sacrifice, a voluntary descent into danger, for a great cause in a great crisis. You four have just come out of a very considerable danger. We know of what stuff you are made, all of you. He smiled again. Is there any one of you who will not take my orders and trust my judgement of what is best?
And do it, if need be, blindly? Will you offer yourselves to me? We gazed at each other. Both the girls instantly murmured, "Yes. It was not too hard for me, for I thought I was yielding him Venza, not Anita. Halsey tossed his cigarette away. These Martians, Molo and his sister, do not know of Venza; at least, I think that they do not. They apparently have not been here very long.
How they got here, we don't know. There was no passenger or freight ship. In Ferrok-Shahn, they have a dubious reputation at best; but I won't go into that. There is a mystery; you will find out what it is. He reached for his inter-office audiphone. Francis, Staff X2, has it in charge. In a moment our mirror-grid was glowing with the two-foot square image of the interior of the Red Spark Cafe.
I knew the place by reputation: a fashionable, more or less disreputable eating, drinking and dancing restaurant, where money and alcholite flowed freely. The patrons were successful criminals of the three worlds, intermingled with thrilled, respectable tourists who hoped they would see something really evil. The Red Spark was not far from Halsey's office; it was perched high in a break of the city roof, almost directly over Park-Circle We crowded around his desk.
The image showed the interior of a large oval room, balconied and terraced; a dais dance-floor, raised high in the center with three professional couples gyrating there; and beneath them the public dance-grid, slowly rotating on its central axis. A hundred or so couples were dancing. The lower floor was crowded with dining tables; others were upon the little catwalk balconies, and still others in the terraced nooks and side niches, half-enshrouded, half-revealed by colored draperies.
The image now was silent, for Halsey was not bothering with audio connection. But it was a riot of color, flashing colored floodlights bathing the dancers in vivid tints; and there were twinkling spots of colored tube-lights on all the tables. I saw, too, the blank rectangles of darkness against the walls which marked the private dining rooms, insulated against sight and sound.
Here one might go for frivolous indiscretion, or for conspiracy, perhaps, and be as secure from interruption as we were, here in Halsey's office. That table. There seem to be six of them in the party. We heard Francis' voice; he was in Halsey's lower Manhattan office, with this same image before him. The table in question was no more than a square inch on our image. We could see an apparently gay party of men and women.
One of the couples was gigantic, a Martian man and woman, obviously. The others seemed to be Earth or Venus people. Francis' voice added: "I've got an audio magnifier on them. Foley's been listening for an hour. Nice, clear English. Much good it does us; this fellow is as cautious as a director of the lower air-lane. Here's your near-look. Our image shifted to another view. The lens-eye with which we were connected now gave us a view directly over the Martian's table.
We were looking down diagonally upon the table, at a distance of no more than ten feet. There were three Earthwomen in the party. There was nothing peculiar about them. They were rather handsome, dissolute in appearance, all of them obviously befuddled by alcholite. There was a man who could have been Anglo-Saxon. Our attention focussed upon the other two. They were tall, as are all Martians. The young woman, Setta Meka, seemed perhaps twenty or twenty-five years of age, by Earth reckoning, in stature perhaps very nearly my own height, which is six feet two.
It is difficult to tell a Martian's age, but she was very handsome, even by Earth standards; and in Ferrok-Shahn she would be considered a beauty. Her gray-black hair was parted and tied at the back with a plaited metal rope. Her short dark cloak, so luminous a fabric that it caught and reflected the sheen of all the gaudy restaurant lights, was parted, its ends thrown back over her shoulders.
Beneath it she wore the characteristic Martian leather jacket, and short, wide leather trousers ornamented with spun metal fringes and tassels. Most Martian women have an amazonian aspect, but I saw now that Setta Meka was an exception. Her brother, who sat beside her, was a full seven feet or more.
A hulking sort of fellow, far less spindly than most of his race, he might have come from the polar outposts beyond the Martian Union. He was bare-headed, his gray-black hair clipped close upon a round bullet head, with the familiar Martian round eyes. I gazed into the face of Molo, as momentarily he turned his head.
It was a rough-hewn, strongly masculine face with a hawk-like nose, bushy black brows frowning above deepset round eyes. The face of a keen scoundrel, I could not doubt, though the smooth-plucked gray skin was flushed now with alcholite, and the wide, thin-lipped mouth was leering at the woman across the table from him.
Like his sister, he had thrown back his cloak, disclosing a brawny, powerful figure, leather clad, with a wide belt of dangling ornaments, some of which probably were weapons. How long we gazed at this silent colored image of the restaurant table I do not know. I was aware of Halsey's quiet voice: "Look him over, Miss Venza. It depends on you. Another interval passed. It seemed, as we watched, that Molo's interest in his party was very slight.
I got the impression, too, that though at first he had seemed to be intoxicated, actually he was not. Nor was his sister. Anxiety seemed upon her; the smile she had for jests seemed forced; and at  intervals she would cast a swift, furtive glance across the gay restaurant scene. More drinks arrived. The Earthpeople at the table here seemed upon the verge of stupor; and suddenly it appeared that Molo had completely lost interest in them. With a gesture to his sister, he abruptly rose from his seat. She joined him.
They left the table, and a red-clad floor manager of the restaurant came at their call. Then in a moment they were moving across the room. They were standing now by the opened door of one of the Red Spark's private insulated rooms. We caught a glimpse of its interior, a gaily set table with a bank of colored lights over it.
The figure of a man was in there. He was on his feet, as though he had just arrived to meet the Martians here, and a hooded long cloak enveloped him. It may have been a magnetic "invisible" cloak, with the current now off. We caught only the fleetest of impressions before the insulated door closed and barred our vision. The glimpse was an accident. Molo, taken by surprise at this appearance of his visitor, could hardly have guarded against it. The waiting figure was very tall, some ten feet, and very thin.
The hood shrouded his face and head. In his hand he held a large circular box of black shiny leather, of the sort in which women carry wide-brimmed hats. As Molo joined him he put the box gently on the floor. He handled it as though it were extraordinarily heavy; and as he took a step or two, he seemed weighted down. Just as the room door was hastily closing, Meka sliding it from the inside, we caught a fleeting glimpse of horror. The lid of the hat box had lifted up.
Inside was a great round thing of gray-white, a living thing; a distended ball of membrane, with a network of veins and blood-vessels showing beneath the transparent skin. For the instant we gazed, stricken. The ball was palpitating, breathing! I saw convolutions of inner tissue under the transparent skin of membrane; a little tentacle, like an arm with a flat-webbed hand, was holding up the lid of the box. The thing in the box was a huge living brain. I saw goggling, protruding eyes; an orifice that could have been a nose, and a gash upended for a vertical mouth.
It was a face. And the little tentacle arm holding up the box-lid was joined to where the ear should have been. Was this something human? A huge distended human brain, with the body withered to that tiny arm? The palpitating thing sank down in the box and the lid dropped. And upon our horrified gaze the insulated door of the room slid too.
Here, almost in public. So Halsey knew what this meant. His eyes were blazing now; his face was white, with an intensity of emotion that transfigured it. Venza, I may need you more than ever, now. Halsey herded us to the office door. From his desk he had snatched up a few portable instruments, and he flung on a cloak.
It was a brief trip to the Red Spark, on foot through the sub-cellar arcade to where, under Park Circle 29, we went up in a vertical lift to the roof. We were in the side entrance oval of the restaurant in five minutes. In the dim metal room of Orentino, the Red Spark's manager, a barrage was up and Foley was waiting for us.
We could hear it faintly humming. Now we could talk. Halsey slammed the door down. He said swiftly, "My men caught one of these things this morning. They have it now and I think Molo does not yet know we captured it. A brain; we're convinced it understands English and can talk, but no one has been able to make it talk yet.
Foley, order that damned Orentino to de-insulate the room Molo is in. Now, by the gods, we may see and hear something. The frightened manager of the Red Spark was in the control room. Halsey killed our barrage to let the outside connections get through to us. We all crowded around the mirror-grid which stood on Orentino's desk. Foley gave us connection with the control room.
We saw Orentino's face, his eyes nearly popping with fright. Do it slowly and he may not notice. Then give us connection, audio and vision. Foley was already setting up his eavesdropper on the desk. The mirror blurred a little; then it clarified. We had the interior of the secret room, and voices were coming out of Foley's tiny receiver.
The image showed the box on the floor, with its lid down. The tall hooded shape of the stranger stood with Molo and his sister by the table. They were talking in swift, vehement undertones. The language was Martian, a dialect principally used in Ferrok-Shahn. Our equipment brought it in and I could understand it. Something is wrong. It was a strange, indescribable intonation, a flat, hollow voice. What gruesome thing was this? Their glances seemed to go to the box on the floor at their feet, as though the master were in there.
But the lid of the box did not rise. The thing is for tomorrow night, not tonight. He is working on it now, striving to receive the message! There is a message. He knows that much. Perhaps from our world, Wandl, itself. For a moment Molo had no answer. His sister had not spoken. I noticed that her gaze seemed roving the room.
The contact is ready for tomorrow night. Your world will control Earth. Again Molo was silent. My breath stopped. On our mirror I saw the stranger's hood part just a little. There seemed to be no face; just the blur of something brownish. Suppose we cannot get out undetected? You know I will never go to where all our instruments are set up and have some damnable spy follow me. Is all going well on Venus and Mars? My master feels so. He seems to get messages. The contacts will be made simultaneously.
We shall have all three enchained at once. The lid of the black box seemed again about to rise when there came a sharp cry from Meka. Our eavesdropping was discovered. Beside me, I heard Halsey give a low curse. On our mirror we saw sudden action. The ten-foot, cloaked figure laboriously lifted the black box, and swung with it toward the outer wall of the room. I saw now clearly with what a dragging, heavy tread that giant shape moved, as though it weighed, here on Earth, far more than the normal weight to which it was accustomed. Meka, go with him.
I will join you. You know where. But Halsey saw on our image that Molo was staying. Let them go. If we have the Martian here, that's better. I saw the room's escape-port swing open as Meka and the hooded shape carrying the box moved for it. The moonlit  darkness of the outer catwalk enveloped the disappearing figures.
Molo was left alone. He closed the port swiftly. His detector now was in his hand, but Halsey anticipated him by a second or two. Our listener went dead; our mirror darkened. Doubtless Molo was never sure whether he had been spied on or not. But there was no need to follow Molo. He had sent his visitor and sister out by the escape-port, which was usual enough; now he was back in the main room as though nothing of importance had happened, with an appearance of intoxication about him. He wavered jovially across the room, threading his way through the gay diners, and reached the table where his party still sat carousing.
We've got to trick him into going there, unsuspecting. Halsey seized the audiphone. It's the only way. Foley, keep away from that Martian. Shut off all contacts. I'll meet you out there in a moment. I'm sending a girl; she'll go after him. Perhaps you can get him drinking. Venza, use all the wiles you possess now.
He gripped me by the shoulders. Don't you realize this means destruction of our three inhabited planets? I'll sacrifice myself, you, or these girls! Venza, take Anita outside. I'll join you immediately, give you last instructions. Take a portable audiphone with you. I made a lunge past Halsey, with Snap after me. Halsey did not move, but one of his rays struck us. With all senses numbed, I felt myself falling. Snap had tumbled upon me. My senses did not quite fade.
I was aware of Anita's and Venza's horrified cries, but Halsey pushed them toward the door. It slid up. I vaguely saw the two girls going out with Halsey after them; and the door coming down. I have no idea how long it was before Halsey came back. Snap and I were seated on a low metal bench against the wall. The effect of the paralysing ray was wearing off. We were tingling all over, our senses still confused. But I don't think harm will come to them. They're clever. How long have you been gone? Halsey merely stared at me as though he had no intention of answering.
And then the audiphone on the desk buzzed. We could not hear the answering voice, for Halsey had the muffler in contact. I'm watching something. I'm at the Red Spark Cafe. Well, I'm going back to my office presently to wait there. He continued in code. Like Snap, I had never had occasion to learn it. The words were a strange sounding staccato gibberish. He ended, "I will send them, Grantline. Very well, I'll tell them to locate him. At once, yes. It met at midnight.
They have ordered both of you there. There was only one satellite link between Australia and the US. On the big day I was back at college and watched it on an old TV that one of the lecturers brought in. It was fun knowing that the TV signal was going to though my wiring. Peter Aylward I had just turned 11 years old and living in Melbourne, Australia. It was pm here when Apollo 11 launched and my parents woke me up to watch. For the moonwalk, it was Monday July 21 and a school day. My older brother and I chose to walk the few house to our house and watch it there.
I did not realize until many years later, Australia was the prime receiving location and the TV signals that were captured by the dish at Honeysuckle Creek HSK and then by the large dish at Parkes were sent to Sydney and then split. One signal went to the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the other to Houston for the international telecast.
The international signal had to travel halfway around the world from Sydney to Houston, adding a delay. Ludivina Garcia I was nine years old. I was watching the landing with my parents and brother on our black and white vacuum tube television? The images of the approaching lunar surface were ghostly as we heard the astronauts communicate with Houston Control. I recall vividly Walter Cronkite smiling broadly after the Eagle landed successfully.
It was then announced the astronauts would open the capsule and step onto the Moon after pm. That was well past the bedtime of a nine-year-old child. I will never forget that night. It was inspirational and fueled my love of Science. Tommy R. I had graduated from college just two months earlier, and little did I realize that I would be working at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory two months later during Project Apollo, I performed procedures and analyses on the Lunar soil and various animal models species to look for pathogens that might be harmful to the biosphere:.
A moment in my life I will never forget. Thank you for your incredible bravery Buzz, Neil and Michael! I was 7 years old going on 8. My brothers and I were all so excited to watch the first Apollo landing on the moon! It was a tremendous event. We had our best and brightest lead this country into space. I wish JFK could have lived to see it become a reality. Francis Thackeray I was 16 years old in Pretoria, listening to the radio all night. I cherish those memories, associated with a big step in human evolution!
Greatest moment in world history! In the lobby of the hotel we were staying in there was a sign mentioning Apollo There were lots of people, but not the kind of hordes one sees nowadays. Stephen Daltrey I was 12 years old living on the south Coast of England. I stayed up all night for the first time in my life as it was around 3 am on the 21st of July when they walked. I was space nuts and used to write to NASA after every mission and they would send me the most amazing mission photographs. Around I was lucky enough to be in a TV show where I met Buzz at the Smithsonian and he gave me a 2-hour personal tour!
Great guy, thank you Buzz:. Thanks to my Mom. Marcene Jeannette Newton Hill. Dave Butter I was a 9-yr. I was 9 years old and so excited. Our old black and white TV had a terrible picture all grainy and dark. We sat for ages waiting for the launch watching the clock tick down. Every day of the mission we were glued to BBC news. We even watched at school. I used to look out my bedroom window at the moon hoping I would spot something.
The moon landing was the most defining moment of my childhood. It has stayed with me to this day. So glad I was around to witness it. Scott W. Roberts Geographically: I was in Grand Prairie Texas, in our family living room sitting in front of our black-and-white television set. Their mothers met for the first time on July 20th , previous to their wedding which was going to be on September that year.
They remember that after the meeting, they watched the TV news with the moon landing. And this year they will also celebrate their 50th anniversary. Michael R. When the mission took place, everyone on base was in on an accelerated emotional edge. Out on Guam it was a different world. We lived in a patriotic, military encapsulated environment. The Apollo 11 mission was in full swing and we all waited in anticipation as Armed Forces Radio broadcast the final moments of touchdown. However, the excitement of just hearing it was amazing.
My buddy, Rich Ciulei, and I were driving back to our base after visiting the Navy Exchange at the much larger Naval Station Guam when Buzz put the lander on the surface. We both yelled out loud in our pride of what had just been accomplished. Several weeks later, the crew did their world tour and actually stopped in Guam. Rich and I made sure to be at the airfield to see them in person. We servicemen got our touch of back home watching beautiful female celebrities prance around on stage at Bob Hope USO shows and yes, that was a welcome event to all of us.
However, this was something completely different. This was extraordinarily special. It was an event I shall never forget! With Australia being about 15 hours or so ahead of the USA, the landing was on the morning of July 21st, The news that the Government Minister in charge of Education decided to close all schools in the state and allow students to go home and watch the walk on the moon. There were very few TVs in schools in !! Shortly before the actual moonwalk, the father came home to get the TV to take it to the gas station he owned, commenting that there was virtually no traffic.
So we went to another neighbor about 4 doors down to watch. I vividly remember sitting transfixed watching the spectacle unfold. I have since discovered it was the ABC coverage that we saw. As the 50th anniversary approaches, that day is still one of the highlights of my life.. I was born July 20, This was in the days before fathers were allowed in the delivery room and so although my father was with my mother for part of the time, the doctor shooed him out just before the critical moment.
Growing up we always made a big fuss over the exact time of my birth — p. Seven years and eight months of age, remember watching on a small 16 Inch TV screen, black and white of course. Absolutely enraptured, glad I was part of the global audience. Onwards and upwards eh. I lived behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. It was the time of the Cold war between East and West. At home on TV I was able to watch the spectacular pictures of the Apollo 11 mission in black and white. The pictures on TV were not good, I had the antenna installed under the house roof.
West television was not allowed and forbidden in East Germany. My mother and father, friends and I were totally thrilled and cheered people had entered the moon. We had witnessed the beginning of a new era in space exploration live! I have not forgotten these moments until today, they remain forever in my memory. I thank Mr. Buzz Aldrin for the opportunity to report all this here. All the best for you and many greetings from Michael Broemmer from Germany.
Very exciting since hubby DK worked in the aerospace industry in NJ making satellites — wish we could be there to celebrate, but we will be sporting our Apollo XI t shirts — thanks Buzz, all of the NASA astronauts and crew who made it happen — glad you found the keys for the Eagle!!!. I was 12 at the time and my sister Celine was 9. We always followed the space program and were so excited to see Neil and Buzz walk on the moon.
We were in our living room at our old house in Shelton, CT. We had a colored TV which we bought early that year. Our Mom and Dad were watching also. It was so exciting to finally see it. The photos were nothing compared today but to actually see it happen live was something we have always remembered. It was a very special day for America and the world. Years later we bought a model of Apollo 11 and our Dad had it with his train set.
After he died, we had to sell most of his trains. We kept the special ones and of course the Apollo 11 model. A special memory of that special day now 50 years ago. We were trying to get home in time to see the hatch open and the first walk. We heard on the radio that it was going to be earlier than originally thought.
My parents found a restaurant named Nickerson Farms and stopped there. We all went inside because they had a T. My parents wanted to make sure we remembered that moment. We later moved to Florida and watched saw launches and the entire Space Shuttle program develop and eventually end. The space program has been such a big part of who we are as Americans.
William H Lange I was currently in the U. On the morning of July 21, , in France 4h I was 10 years old and with my father we watched on the TV the first steps of the men on the moon, extraordinary and unforgettable. Or were we doing something else? Home in San Leandro, CA.
Was taking Chemistry in Summer School. I watched every launch I could from Mercury to Apollo. Watched the landing and moonwalk home on TV. We had a moon landing party in our Chemistry class. An absolutely an amazing period. Easton, Connecticut. Our parents and all 6 kids plus our German Shepherd witnessed this historic event as it happened.
I was in Our first home in Miami Florida with my father, my uncle, me and my lil sis around the TV Set I was Seven years old and remember learning all about the Apollo 11 mission that year in school and to this day there has never been a more monumental moment for mankind as the day the eagle landed on the moon surface. I was at my home in Whittier California. Had set the alarm for an early rise to see the landing then get ready to head into work at the North American Rockwell plant in Downey to work on the rest of the Apollo spacecrafts.
The capsule splashed down about 3 miles from our ship. President Nixon had spent the night of the 23rd aboard the Arlington and flew to the USS Hornet to view the splashdown. Unfortunately, he ended up 13 miles away and did not see the capsule land in the ocean. Only the Arlington sailors saw it land, along with the helo crew from the Hornet. I count myself as one of a few hundred people in the World to see the splashdown.
No TV coverage for the splashdown. I have a letter from Neil Armstrong thanking us Arlington crew for being there. I was there for the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 on the USS Hornet and we plan to attend the 50th this year. The splashdown happened on my birthday….
Glued to the television set in the living room of our home in Illinois. A year-old college student, I was seeing the fulfillment of what I had been reading about almost since I first learned how. Today, fifty years later, still the greatest event I have been privileged to witness. I was being born at St. Boniface Hospital, Manitoba, Canada.
July 20th, is going to be extra special. My parents bought me a commemorative medallion from the Birks jewelry store which I wore every day until a home robbery. It made me feel close to the moon landing. No other childhood memory is as vivid for me as the day man walked on the moon. We had a small black and white TV with a rabbit ear antenna that my sister was holding as I asked her to move it around until we got the best image. I remember my mother saying a prayer because she was afraid that this act would somehow lead to the end of the world.
I just sat there in the living room floor, wide eyed taking it all in thinking that I was probably witnessing the most amazing and important moment in scientific history. I also remember celebrating the moment by eating a yodel. Thank you Buzz. I became an electrical engineer and have worked in the electric utility industry for the last 40 years.
That small step for man inspired me, a year-old immigrant kid from the Bronx, to have the courage to take giant leaps in everything I do in my life. On vacation with my family and our friends in the town of Avalon on Catalina Island. I was five years old, traveling from Ohio to Connecticut with my parents to visit distant relatives. I had watched as many broadcasts of the earlier Apollo flights as I could, and I anxiously anticipated this moment. To be surrounded by all those family members at that triumphant event made the lunar landing more special.
It left an indelible mark on me, as I continue my three-decade career as an aerospace design engineer. Thank you, Neil, Buzz, and Michael. Thanks to all the of the space pioneers and thanks for the life long memories. I was obviously somewhere in the cosmos I believe. But I am very glad to say that I hosted a Toastmasters session on Jul 20 last year at 9. I cheered for You, Neil and Michael from the meeting hall in Mumbai. It was truly a Delightful moment. Later that day the six members of my Flight made a dozen Field Landing Carrier Practice landings to stay in tune for our ship landings that came a couple of days later.
During this practice I tried to emulate the skill and precision I imagined was required of Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to fly and land the Lunar Module. Six years later on Monday 21st July I was in Melbourne Australia at Primary School class, it was approximately pm in the afternoon as the whole class watched the TV awaiting both Armstrong and Aldrin to step from the LEM onto the lunar surface, Its etched into my memory with incredible clarity. On a second tour with the 1st Brigade of the st Airborne Division. In the Hot as Hell jungle of South Vietnam.
But I heard about it!! Made me very, very Proud to be an American. I was 4, watching the landing on a black and white tv in mum and dads living room… I was spell bound…. My parents bought me the commemorative landing book…I still have it… Happy 50th anniversary NASA and to all of those people involved. I was 5 years old. I watched all the Gemini and early Apollo launches with my father.
We were all around our TV with the lights turned off. So, we could see every detail of the 1st persons on the moon! It was an amazing day in human achievement! I watched and marveled at all the other moon launches and landings as well! I owe much of my inspiration and work to NASA and all the brave men and women of our space exploration sciences, who in my youth showed that we can reach for the stars, and build a better world! We owe much to them, and the many who worked with them in support. I was 18 at the time, and followed the moon landing directly on TV. I still remember that historic moment very well.
After the broadcast, we went out on the street — in the middle of the night — to share this moment with our neighbors. Probably somewhere in the Eternal universe Watching upon them. I am 16 years old now. So, I might have been watching over them from somewhere probably M I am really proud about the 50th Jubilee of Apollo 11 Mission and is hoping to be amongst the team to get to Mars. My Birthday 19th December …. I will never forget that day.
My world as a young girl was music and things I could grasp and understand. But not this. I knew we were silent watching that historic moment in black and white. I was seven years old. In I was in Pensacola at the NANM and I met the man who made the giant leap in the name of humanity and all those moments that day went through my mind again.
My family was vacationing in Fort Lauderdale so my dad decided we would go watch Apollo XI blast off. I remember leaving in the dark to get there on time. My brother was 9 years old and I was 12 in July, We were so lucky to be able to see the Saturn V rocket across a marshy area. We were near one of the digital countdown clocks. When the final countdown began the whole crowd got quiet and then started calling out the numbers. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three… and the rockets fired up, a huge white cloud billowed out from below the big booster…two, one, zero!
A bright fire and white smoke and the Saturn V lifted off the launch pad.
It took several seconds to hear the thunderous roar the rocket made as it left earth. I have goosebumps now remembering that moment. To think that there were actually three brave men aboard was amazing! We drove back to Fort Lauderdale to continue our vacation and wait for the lunar module to land on the moon.
The entire experience made a space geek out of me. I was 12 years old, at a summer camp in the Catskills, not far from where Woodstock was held. I was sitting on a very cold and hard classroom floor with another 30 other children watching a grainy black and white television in a very small Australian town called Bundanoon.
To this day it is the greatest live event I have ever seen. I was five years old and living in Swansea, South Wales, with my grandma, mum and stepfather, who I called Papa. My Papa was very excited about the moon landing. When the time got later and later for the landing, he said I should have a bed made up in the lounge.
He stayed up all night and got us up to watch the moon landing. It was amazing to watch. My grandma said she thought with all the money spent they could do something about the quality of the transmission! I was 3-weeks into Basic Training at Fort Dix when the commandant gave everyone on the post a three-day weekend… My wife [of ten months] picked me up at Fort Dix and we landed at a motel about miles from Ocean City, New Jersey.
This is where watched the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon. Dad got us up at PDT to watch the moon landing live. We left a couple of hours later still full of what had just happened. I was 5 years and 10 days old living at my family home in Metro-Detroit, Michigan. I think I might remember seeing the moment with my family and do remember seeing many of the other launches and moon landings.
I do remember that I was at awe about the wonder of space travel and moon exploration even though I did not fully understand what was accomplished on this day after my 5th year of life. The days before and after I bought nearly every newspaper and magazine from my scarse pocket money. I still treasure those relics……. I was 15 years old, and Boy Scout summer camp week started at noon on Sunday, July 20, the date of the Apollo 11 landing. We listened to a radio station for the landing audio, which, as I remember, happened in the 3 PM hour that afternoon.
I can recall the excitement at hearing the landing had been successful. Then, my dad had agreed to take us my brother and me home to watch the moonwalk, which we saw in its entirety at home that night, into the wee hours of Monday morning. Dad took us back to camp the next morning. I was soulless, floating in the abyss during this momentous occasion, as it was nearly 5 years before I was born. Nonetheless, this event loomed large in my life. I was brought up in a world where it was possible to walk on the moon. The technology created in the Apollo program allowed me to take transformational technology for granted.
The best minds worked on a large problem, and solved it. I thank Buzz, Neil and Michael for their courage and dedication. I sat on the rug of our living room while using the front edge of the sofa for a head rest. However, that night when the United States of American accomplished two Americans walking on the surface of the moon, I was granted permission by my parents to watch the whole historical event on our 9 inch Black and White Television.
I had already watched the moon landing with my parents and they knew that I wanted to watch the first moon walk because I was asking for permission since watching the Apollo 11 rocket leaving the launch pad. I remembering staring up at our small Phillips TV well into the early morning hours as my Panasonic reel to reel tape recorder captured the voices of astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin. I still have that recorded tape today and Newspaper clippings in many albums.
I remember fighting off falling asleep until our astronauts were safely back inside the Grumman made LM. I had a relative working at Grumman so even as a kid, I understood the team work that went into this amazing accomplishment. Watching that all unfold on my TV that night, somehow made me feel like a small part of the team.
For some reason, the adults and my sisters were doing things around the party. I was on summer vacation after 1st grade in Dallas. I watched all the network coverage from launch to splashdown. I happily performed my duties as the remote control to channel surf between the three networks. I wondered in awe what it was like up there in the Lunar Module. I was allowed to stay up past bedtime to watch the entire EVA, a big deal at the time. I was camping with my family the summer of On July 20, I celebrated my 11th birthday. That evening, we realized that the moon walk was going to happen … on my 11th birthday!
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Hey, I was 11 years old! We did the best we could to watch those historic steps on our little TV. Between the fuzzy broadcast and the fuzzy reception, it was tough going but we managed and did not complain. To this day, I get rather emotional every time I see any footage from the Apollo 11 mission. But nothing will compare to that night, watching it live in our small camping trailer on our small TV.
About to make my entrance into this world. All the time I was growing up my mum told me about the two significant things in her life happening barely 24 hours apart, Man landing on the Moon and her first child being born. So as a kid I grew up just loving anything to do with space exploration and the stars. When Apollo 11 touched down at 9.
Later, my parents went to bed but I forced myself to stay awake, my father came down to watch the first Moonwalk with me at 3. It was a night I will never forget. I was 17 years old. My Mum let my brothers and l stay home from school in Melbourne Australia. We had bunk beds and being the oldest l slept on top. We had a ladder to the floor and this was continually used to replicate Neil and Buzz. My little brother complained because he was stuck in the command module.
I was at a Fair with my family in Amersfoort The Netherlands , we watched the landing on the moon at a big screen at the Fair. My first wife now ex and I were in an apartment in Phoenix Arizona watching on our black and white TV… Meant much to me cause ever since HS I had been following all NASA flights including one time — listening to Mercury flights on a small rocket shaped crystal radio…. I was 7 yrs. I was riveted and my love affair with science continued to flourish!
Where was I?! All things that went fast then was Boss! So, where was I in July 69? I still look up all the time amazed by the whole thing; truly Awesome that big giant celestial time piece called space. Thanks for being part of it. My mom still reminds me of how nurses would come into her room often. At first, she thought it was to check on her adorable newborn son but later realized they were more interested in seeing the news on TV about the status of the U. Sharing my birthday with this historic event has given me a sense of connection and interest in the space race, and I still find inspiration in the courage, perseverance, and determination it took to accomplish the monumental feat of mankind walking on the moon.
I had just turned 11 years old on July 11, I was an eager space fan all through Gemini and Apollo. Certainly, I tried not to miss a minute of Apollo XI. The first step was late at night, and I could barely stay awake, but I would have put bamboo shoots to hold my eyes open if I had to.
Sure enough, I did get to see the moon walk on a little black and white TV. I read all the Apollo XI stuff. Neil Armstrong was ONE man, A man, taking that small step, and with that came the giant leap for us all. My mother went into labor with me while she and my father were watching the landing. Her first question after I was delivered? Thanks for making my birthday so memorable. Been a more monumental moment for mankind as the day the eagle landed on the moon surface.
I was 10 years old and had traveled from our Hertfordshire home to stay for a few months in Liverpool with my Uncle and Aunt. My mum had been seriously ill with cancer, being treated in Barts Hospital. He was away on business for days and we never knew where. We found letters from his engineering dept. In Germiston, South Africa. I listened on the radio with my dad. South Africa did not have TV at the time but I was able to go to the library where they showed footage captured from the entire flight on a film screen the day after each event.
Still one of my favorite memories.
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Had to have this event on tape, with a reel to reel tape recorder, bought the largest reel of tape and recorded the entire event! Still have this recording and the Sony recorder. At this 50th Anniversary, I shall play that unmistakable statement for my grandchildren, Tranquility Base Here, the Eagle has landed and, when Armstrong stepped off the ladder onto the Surface of our Moon.
Thank you! Commander Aldrin for your example and this opportunity to express our experience. Alert Bay, British Columbia when it launched. I was born on July 19, at about A. M EDT. I was 15 years old at the time and had several neighbors who were engineers and technicians working on the Grumman LEM program in Bethpage.
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Obviously, I was glued to the TV for the entire mission. In my opinion the moon landing remains the greatest achievement of mankind and I hope to be alive long enough to see manned exploration of Mars and other planets. Humans were built to explore. It is in our DNA. I was sitting in my parents living room with Mom, Dad and my brother watching it on TV.
It was a great sight to see. After I made my appearance my mom has told me that she saw a lot of doctors and nurses, including those aiding her, running to the one tv on the floor so they could witness history. My baby scrapbook is full of Apollo 11 articles and photos. Apollo 11 has been and will always be a part of my life and my story! I got to see the launch live on a color T. The grainy black and white pictures made them look like ghosts. Live T. It was the first time ever I did not have to go to bed at 9 am. My parents considered it an educational experience, which it was.
I consider myself very privileged to have seen what hundreds of millions of people throughout the prior ages could only dream about. They had a TV set up in one of the tents and I watched Buzz Aldrin step down the ladder onto the moon. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would. My Dad and I drove to Florida from Texas to see the launch. We camped on the shore of the Indian River so that we would have a good view that morning.
Incredible sight to witness that Saturn 5 lift off. Then we drove home to Rusk Texas, to watch the landing live. I will treasure those memories forever. I was just 9 years old at summer camp kilkoocamp.