I REMEMBER THE MOON LANDING VIVIDLY because it was simply an amazing achievement AND it was the first time we turned on a television in our home. I was lying on my stomach in a crowded sitting room on a muggy July evening. I had never thought I was missing anything as a teenager before that night. But crossing over into the televised spectrum to see the Apollo 11 lunar lander turned out to be very special and life-changing. I did not realise it at the time, but all the patriotic affirmations coming from my home and a lot of casual contact with friends spurred me to pick up a college catalogue with an American pilot's helmet on its front cover. I found the catalogue while sitting in the outer office of my cross-country coach. I didn't know what was inside the catalogue but it looked space age so I borrowed it and read how I could enter a university where they taught you to fly supersonic speeds just like the astronauts. I ripped out a response card from the back of the catalogue and started receiving promotional material that resulted in me doing what the catalogue said. Along the way, I earned instructor pilot's wings and flew training sorties with the first woman commander of the space shuttle. It's important for me to realise that part of my life's journey through high-altitude technology started while watching a helmet bobble up and down across the lunar landscape 42 years ago.