Who Said Expect the Unexpected

Last Update: Apr 8, 2015


Who said expect the unexpected? Turns out lots of people and some of them quite famous!

Astronaut Neil Armstrong for one! Commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to walk on the Moon!

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

As Armstrong stepped out of the LEM onto the Moon’s surface on July 21, 1969, he spoke these famous words.

I grew up during the baby boomer generation. These Apollo missions were always televised by the great newscasters of the day like Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley. These broadcasts where a very big deal and witnessing some of the unexpected circumstances these guys were hurled into during a mission was at times spine tingling.

You have to keep in mind that the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon took place shortly after most people were making the switch from black and white TV to color….you know - analog TV! Yep, nobody had residential cable or satellite TV yet. We’re talking rabbit ears on top of the TV or a rooftop antenna baby!

Little More History

Twenty-four astronauts have been on or near the Moon. Twelve of these actually landed on the moon and walked on its surface.

Nobody has walked on the Moon since December 1972.

Most people have forgotten the significance of the NASA space program. A lot of conveniences now enjoyed by many are directly related to things accomplished through these programs. Since the inception of the agency in 1958, technologies developed for space missions have been integrated into commercial products and services for use on Earth.

To date, NASA has documented nearly 1,800 spinoff technologies which have improved the lives of millions.

Here are just a few:

Artificial limb, Baby formula, Cell phone cameras, Computer mouse, Cordless tools, Ear thermometer, Firefighter gear, Freeze-dried foods, Long distance communication, MRI and CAT scans, Memory foam, Solar panels, Ski Boots, UV-blocking sunglasses


Even though it has been nearly 46 years since man first walked on the Moon, I think we should take a moment to honor the following twelve Astronauts for their historic contributions to the advancement of mankind and acknowledge they are the only heroes of men to walk on the Moon:

Neil Armstrong – Apollo 11 – July 1969

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin – Apollo 11 – July 1969

Charles “Pete” Conrad - Apollo 12 - November 1969

Alan Bean - Apollo 12 - November 1969

Alan Shepard - Apollo 14 - February 1971

Edgar Mitchell - Apollo 14 - February 1971

David Scott - Apollo 15 - July 1971

James Irwin - Apollo 15 - July 1971

John Young - Apollo 16 - April 1972

Charles Duke - Apollo 16 - April 1972

Eugene Cernan - Apollo 17 - December 1972

Harrison Schmitt - Apollo 17 - December 1972

Do you think these guys experienced a little expect the unexpected?

You betcha!

The Takeaway

Unexpected stuff is going to happen. It’s not so much the “why” as it is about the “how”.

How are you going to deal with the unexpected?

It’s always tough, can be extremely emotional and is a difficult discipline to master….but it does build character!

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I remember when our whole school was brought into the one assembly room to watch the Apollo transmissions (this is in England, too). I was totally thrilled. Thank you for bringing me back to these memories. Glyn

My pleasure Glyn! Hope your situation has improved.

Thanks. I can say my situation is improving, fortunately. Glyn

I'm a baby boomer, so thank you for the nostalgia Andy. It brought all the old memories back, good and not so good.

I was surprised to find my life was surprisingly full of interesting activities.

Born when WWII stopped, then my country was in the throes of communism takeover, after that I survived a civil and racial strife.
Then went through the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, born again Christian, all the fun and games of church life through to 2013...still going through some excitement.

But now, and this is not the end yet, I'm actively participating with the WA community! Wonder what next? God bless you,

Thanks for taking the time to read the blog Shirley! I'm glad you found something personal to takeaway the article.

Thank you Andy, for the memories....I've more to look forward to.

Where was this post 2 weeks ago when I needed it? I didn't expect to drag my anchor!

I will never forget Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. I was 10 years old and was recovering from the unexpected.
I rode my bicycle thru an intersection near my home like I had a thousand times before. It was unexpected that a car wouldn't stop at the stop sign. I was dealing with it by laying on the couch watching the "man on the moon".
Sunday night and I got to stay home from church to see it. Also unexpected.
Yes it did make me stronger (and wiser).

Thanks for sharing your story and taking time to read the blog.

It sure does build character! haha. Which is why, though it's not fun, the unexpected often is the best thing for us!

Great takeaway...and yeah, sometimes it can leave a mark! LOL

Yeah, the many things that came from the space program, like our food code today, basically researched and wrote to make sure there was no possibility of one of those fine men getting sick from the food at least.

Yeah, the list of stuff generated by this program is really amazing. Thanks for taking the time to read the blog.

Thank you for the memories. I didn't realize those products were developed as a result of the space program. Thank you for the information. Very interesting.

Thanks Emilie....I know it's amazing the stuff that is out there as a result of the NASA program.

I know f.i. that there is going to be an invention that automobiles and bicycle batteries are going to charge themselves during driving, no charger will be needed anymore.
Great blog Andy!

Glad you enjoyed it Loes. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Some great nostalgia here - that was unexpected I remember most of those names. Obviously showing my age - thanks for sharing

Thanks for taking the time to read it!

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