July 20th is Moon Day in honor of the Apollo 11 mission that landed man on the moon. Nearly everyone has some connection to that story. Perhaps you have a relative who worked on the lunar landing module, or perhaps you or a relative know exactly where you were at the time of the landing.
A few summers ago, my kids and I were visiting a friend's summer rental on Fire Island, and a neighbor told us that when he was a kid he watched the landing in the very house my friend was renting. My friend joked that she believed him because it looked like the house hadn't been touched since 1969. Wood paneling and linoleum floors aside, the achievement of landing a man on the moon is a classic, feel-good story that most Americans know.
What you may not know, is that in 1961, 13 women were tested to see if they had what it takes to become astronauts. Read their stories in Almost Astronauts, by Tanya Lee Stone.
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