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Neil Armstrong: Astronaut -- Ukulele Player

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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2011

Four days after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module "Eagle" on the moon with only 30 seconds of fuel to spare, Armstrong returned to Earth with Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin. As the first human to step foot on the moon Armstrong was launched into the annuls of history. And the world waited while the crew was quarantined for twenty-one days to ensure that no lunar microbes would infect humanity. While the world waited Neil played the ukulele...

Without the amazing photographs by journalist Don Blair, the world may never have known that a ukulele was present at the moment these brave men returned to Earth. As a kid growing up in the late 70s I was part of the generation that had the beauty and fun of the ukulele stolen from us. Had I known of these pictures I would have had a much different feeling about the little instrument. I am happy to be able to play and enjoy my ukulele today, but I'm a bit saddened to think of the fun I could have had as a kid pretending to be an astronaut with a uke.

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