July 16th, 2009
01:08 PM ET

Time to boldly go once more

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/TECH/space/07/16/private.space.ventures/art.xcor.lynx.xcor.jpg caption="This is a rendering of XCOR Aerospace's Lynx, which would be used to send people on suborbital spaceflights."]

Buzz Aldrin
For The Washington Post

On the spring morning in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh set off alone across the Atlantic Ocean, only a handful of explorer-adventurers were capable of even attempting the feat. Many had tried before Lindbergh's successful flight, but all had failed and many lost their lives in the process. Most people then thought transatlantic travel was an impossible dream. But 40 years later, 20,000 people a day were safely flying the same route that the "Lone Eagle" had voyaged. Transatlantic flight had become routine.

Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and I began our quarter-million-mile journey through the blackness of space to reach the moon.


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