The year is 2325 and this researcher has come upon a time capsule entombed beneath a long forgotten memorial in Washington D.C. When this researcher opened the time capsule there was a note dated December 31, 1969 that read “Within this time capsule is evidence of a time gone by but within it is our hope for the future and we are hoping that whomever reads this in the future sees that our ideas about a peaceful, accepting and proud America have held true in the time that you open this humble box”. This researcher removed five items all from the decade of the 1960’s; that hold great significance to the decade. The first item is a reel of film labeled “Walter Cronkite: Man on the Moon”. The second item was a bit curious; this item was a round plastic disc container with 28 little pills. The third item is the arrest record for a woman named Rosa Parks. The fourth item is a round disc labeled “The Beatles” and the final item is pictures and investigative reports from the assignation of President John F. Kennedy. This researcher will explore each item more thoroughly and attempt to describe and analyze the findings. It has been 400 years since this time capsule was hidden for future generations to find; when I examine the first item it appears to be a news broadcast telling about the first man to ever step onto the moon. After some effort I find a machine that is capable of replaying this image and voice recording. The following is my personal account and reflections. Mr. Walter Cronkite is a news commentator who is witnessing the events that are unfolding as the United States makes an attempt to land a craft on the moon and have astronauts physically walk on the moon’s surface for the very first time. Mr. Cronkite is very nervous and excited about what is happening as he watches the first images being broadcast from the moon to the earth. You can hear from his voice and tone that he is very proud of this accomplishment. Other American’s are interviewed as well and each one is amazed and proud to be an American. The personal interviews also spanned the world and to this researchers astonishment, people all around the world was watching this historic moon landing and were proud of the accomplishments of the United States and felt that this moon landing was not just an accomplishment of the United States but something for the world and that the world would benefit from it. After doing further research regarding the moon landing and the accomplishments of the space program from the beginning there is great evidence to show that the technological advancements and the spinoffs from this new technology greatly benefitted the United States as well as the world. Medical science has been a big winner with new and advance techniques that has saved countless lives. There were also great advancements from the space program that benefitted everyday lives with products that are called “spinoffs” and there is a list of “more than 1,300 documented NASA technologies that have benefited U.S. industry” (isset.org, 2013). From simple things like the gel pen and hand held thermometer, to ergonomic stress less chairs to advanced biotechnology and even benefits to NASCAR, firefighters and Jewelers through protection from extreme heat. The list is great and surprisingly also has many items that contribute to the protection of our earth through non-toxic technologies for many industries. This researcher can see that from the onset of the space program that many lives have been changed by these new technologies – all because a group of men dreamed the impossible and made it possible – ever changing the world and moving it forward into a new era of advanced thinking and technology. The next item this researcher takes from the time capsule is what is found to be a form of birth control; in doing further research it is learned that the 1960’s was a breakthrough time for women in the advancement of their personal rights and equalization. Why...
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