Humans first walked on the Moon 44 years ago today. It was a momentous occasion for Earth as a whole, and showed exactly what a properly funded space program can accomplish. The 44th anniversary of something is an odd number to celebrate, but it hasn’t stopped Twitter users from remembering the event. My feed is loaded with people commenting on the Moon landing. Here are some of the best ones.
Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) reminds us that unlike most human exploration, the Moon landing was a mission of peace, not conquest:
Moon Landing: July 20, 1969. No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying “We Come In Peace For All Mankind”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 20, 2013
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) takes the occasion to thank Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins for inspiring him to one day become Chris Hadfield. For that, gentlemen, we thank you as well:
44 years ago today Mike, Buzz & Neil took us to the Moon. They inspired me like no other. Eternal thanks. pic.twitter.com/67I4a6CzvV
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) July 20, 2013
@Pourmecoffee is consistently one of the best Twitter accounts going. He decided to remember the occasion by pointing out that Neil Armstrong was totally into walking on the Moon before anybody else:
On this day in 1969, ultimate hipster Neil Armstrong walked someplace no one else ever had, totally out of the mainstream.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 20, 2013
Comedian Rob Delaney (@robdelaney) gives what amounts to 140 characters of absurdist Moon landing/Obama crossover fan fiction:
44 years ago, Neil Armstrong found an infant Barack Obama on the moon & brought him back to Earth USA, where he foists Sharia law on my mom.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 20, 2013
ESPN Radio’s Matt Markus (@MarkusESPNLV) is a friend, and one of my go-to people for explaining sports things to me. He wasn’t alive during the Moon landing, but that isn’t going to stop him from dropping Man of La Mancha references about it:
I wasn’t around for Neil’s One Small Step but I celebrate it’s history as my own. Dream the Impossible Dream and it might just come true.
— Matt Markus (@MarkusESPNLV) July 20, 2013
- Who will be the first to walk on the Moon’s moon?
- Maybe it’ll be seven-year-old Dexter who wants to go to Mars but can’t because he’s seven
- The Moon landing was amazing. The “Super Moon?” Eh, not so much