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The Ego Stays Grounded

“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” ― David McCullough Jr. When I was born in the Fall of 1970, the Apollo 11 mission was only a little over a year old. But even though I grew up understanding what a massive achievement of science and human determination the first moon landing represented, I didn’t have the sense of awe felt by my parents and others who watched those events unfold in real time. Knowing that the mission had been a success, for instance, I had no sense of the uncertainty that surrounded the proposition of both getting men to the moon, and bringing them home alive (only decades later was a speech discovered that President Nixon would

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