first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 50 years ago today, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Where were Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Lawrence Gonzi and Mario Schiavone when this historic event occurred?“It was indescribable”President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca told how her father had woken up her and her siblings early at 3.00 am to watch astronaut Neil Armstrong landing the capsule on the moon. She said that this is a memory that she will never forget as it was very exciting, and that they knew that something very important was happening in the history of mankind.“The first step on the moon was also the first step for the sectors of technology and science”Former Prime Minister of Malta Lawrence Gonzi told that the first step of man on the moon surface was also the first step for science and technology. The computer used to land the capsule was minuscule compared to the computers which make up our mobile phones today; however, it was a very important first step.Gonzi explained that, at the time, he was about 15 or 16 years old, and all his family was eager to follow the event on the Italian television station RAI: “I remember it as if it was seared into my mind; the whole family gathered together to watch what happening in this beautiful adventure.”“At the time, it was like science fiction”, Gonzi explained, “something that it was difficult for me to imagine.” He added that they were “glued” to the television, follow the scientific wonder that was taking place before their very eyes.“We didn’t learn the lesson of how we can use science for the good of mankind”Mario Schiavone, who has worked in the media for may years, told that we have not learned how to use science for good, as, in his own words, “today, we are destroying the world ourselves.”He explained that, at that time he was 18-years-old and he could not believe what he was seeing. Geography lessons at school were about how far away the earth from the moon, and much of humanity still knew very little about the moon. He added that when saw the three astronauts walking on the moon, he realised that mankind could reach great limits if they used their intelligence for the benefit of humanity.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img

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