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We came in peace for all mankind

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.

Buy why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may as well ask why climb the highest mountain?

Never in all their history have men been able truly to conceive of the world as one: a single sphere, a globe, having the qualities of a globe, a round earth in which all the directions eventually meet, in which there is no center because every point, or none, is center — an equal earth which all men occupy as equals. The airman’s earth, if free men make it, will be truly round: a globe in practice, not in theory.

The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class.

A Chinese tale tells of some men sent to harm a young girl who, upon seeing her beauty, become her protectors rather than her violators. That’s how I felt seeing the Earth for the first time. I could not help but love and cherish her.