Tomorrow (July 20th) marks the 50th Anniversary of one of our Nation’s greatest achievements. The crew of Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16th, 1969 on a mission to meet the challenge made earlier in the decade by President John F. Kennedy. Four days after lift-off, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the moon’s surface in the Lunar Module, code named “Eagle.” Several hours later, mission commander Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon when he stepped off the LEM ladder onto the Sea of Tranquility. When Armstrong and Aldrin left the lunar surface, they re-docked with the Command-Service Module “Columbia,” piloted by Astronaut Mike Collins. The crew returned safely to Earth on July 24th.
With a heat wave hitting the country this weekend, here are some tips from the Red Cross on how to be ready: Have a plan if the power goes out . . . make a list of places you can go to cool down, stay hydrated even if you’re not thirsty . . . never leave kids or pets alone in a car, and check on your kids and animals frequently . . . eat smaller meals . . . if you work outdoors, take lots of breaks . . . and check on family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have A/C.
The American Red Cross bloodmobile will visit Mifflin County today. The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at Saint John’s Lutheran Church on North Main Street in Lewistown from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.