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Cavuto: We're grasping at 'straws,' not grasping at 'stars'

45 years after leaving the moon


45 years ago today, man left the moon.

A day after making history--all the historic headlines.

Later this day, July 21st, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would be reunited with Michael Collins, who was orbiting the moon above for the three-day journey back to earth.

Left behind on the lunar surface? Two still cameras, two astronaut backpacks, two pairs of boots and an American flag.

And, oh yea, a mesmerized mankind and at least one awe-inspired son.


Mark Armstrong, Neil Armstrong's son: My memory is we were awake for landing. And then I went to sleep and at some point my mom came in and woke me up and went to watch the EVA. I wasn't really aware of the danger. I was sheltered from a lot of the risk but I came to appreciate those things later in life.


45 years ago today the reality we had done it.

Humans on the moon and coming home to tell the whole world about it.

There would be celebrations.

And presidential greetings.

And parades.

And over the years, all those schools and streets, parks and highways named after those astronauts.

Just today, NASA renaming its Kennedy Space Center Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Neil Armstrong.

45 years.

It almost makes you forget what happened three years ago.

Three years this very day.

July 21st, 2011 NASA's final shuttle landing. Atlantis and its four-astronaut crew gliding home safely after a 13-day journey.

It would be the last time we would see a shuttle land at night. It would be the last time we would see a shuttle land, at all.

We were done. Not with a roar. After more than 130 shuttle missions. In the end, more like a wimper.

The nation that had conquered space now all but giving up on space or at least manned missions into space.

10 years ago we knew it was coming, and on the 35th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, I had what would be the last broadcast chance to chat with all three Apollo 11 astronauts about what was unfolding including Neil Armstrong himself.


Neil Cavuto: Do you think, Neil, The problems we have had with the space shuttle warrant just junking it, Replacing it with something else.

Neil Armstrong? I think the space shuttle gas been a remarkable piece of machinery. It has done a yeoman's job over decades and has had a couple of tragedy which we all will remember forever. But the people in the shuttle do a wonderful job and I give them enormous credit for all they have achieved.

Cavuto: Neil, There has been a lot of private company talk taking over space travel, this one that was able via a jet to get into space and back down to earth. Might be more of the future space travel. What do you think of that?

Armstrong: I hope that is true, but there is a long way to go from where we are today to that scenario becoming a reality.


10 years.

45 years.

3 years.

It's amazing what happens with all those years.

It is amazing what happens after all those years.

Who would have thought 45 years ago this day, we'd be more grasping at straws than grasping at stars.

Back then we took the world on a heck of a ride.

Today resigned to little more than hitching a ride.

Sad world. Out of this world.

From eagle has landed, to where the hell is the eagle at all?