"Apollo", "Armstrong/ Aldrin / Collins", The Eagle has landed", "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" - any of these will send me back to my days as an excited 11 year old waiting on any news report or James Burke / Patrick Moore update on the Apollo 11 mission.
The NASA teams which drove the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and subsequent shuttle missions are, to me in any way, absolute heroes.
Developing ideas, improving on them, and then solving untold numbers of problems - with no precedents - getting results by the skin of their teeth and having to resolve major issues out of necessity while on the hoof put these engineers, planners and flight crews at #1 of the table of human achievement.
This gallery is a tiny tribute to my heroes of Apollo.
I salute you for making us look up and out rather than down and in.
I wish this trait was with us as much today - I think that we would be in a better place if it was.
Note: No copyright owned on these images and no slight intended. I will gladly give acknowledgement if requested.