Forty-five years ago, my mother was seven months pregnant with me when the “eagle landed” on the moon.

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Whether you were born or not when the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon was actually a thing with my classmates. One of my closest friends growing up was actually born today.

I don’t feel like our government could actually achieve anything comparable today.

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