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Sport 35: Winter 2007


page 133


The first Apollo mission had the
advantage for spectators that they could
be at the landing, though in fact few were
(his wife followed in the support ship, which
indicates perhaps where she thought he'd end
up). And on that Dover dawn, gazing out
across the Channel's restless field, water
must have seemed the acid test. When the
aviator, blown off course, came toiling in
from the east, those present might have felt
that here was a god who should be believed
in, this the start of all destinations
just a matter of an improved biplane,
even the moon not too far a cliff.