Sunday, August 9, 2009

One Small Step

I know this post is about three weeks too late for the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing but I recently saw a news item showing how some animals use tools in unexpected ways and I thought to myself, "Amazing, they're so like us — hang on, we went to the Moon!" Sure some chimps use sticks to get ants out of anthills, and some birds will use stones to raise water level in a glass, but did any other species walk on the Moon? Huh? No? Didn't think so. In your face, stick-wielding chimpanzee!

My favorite moment of this video is seeing Walter Cronkite's relief when he says, "Whew", removes his glasses and gives a boyish chuckle as he announces that Neil Armstrong is standing on the surface of the Moon.

Sometimes I feel bad for the Rover team that send a robot to Mars, an incredible feat which nonetheless just doesn't stand up to the glamour of sending people to the Moon.



Blogger warren said...

i dunno...a water-skiing squirrel comes pretty close...

September 22, 2009 8:18 AM  

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