There have been some great articles online this week as planetary scientists remember Apollo or reflect on what its advances have meant. I particularly liked ones from early career planetary scientist Noah Petro, who discussed it in context of the new LRO photos, and from science writer Irene Klotz, who blogged about memories of Apollo and Walter Cronkite. I’ve been enjoying them, but one line in a senior scientist’s interview this week has been bothering me a bit. Alan Stern says,
At the time of Apollo 11, I was a grade-schooler, and I remember every time an Apollo mission would take place that, like a lot of little boys, I’d gather in front of the TV for hours and hours and hours with my little brother.
Given that this is his particular memory, and he was a little boy at the time, I’m not upset so much as I’m curious.
What was it like to be a little girl at the time? Was it the same kind of experience, or was there really a difference?