I'm too young to remember the Apollo 11 mission; it took place 35 years ago, with the lunar landing on July 20th, and I was two. But I have crystal clear memories of Apollo 17, which lifted off while I was a couple miles away and returned to earth while my whole kindergarten class watched in the teachers' lounge.
My return visit to Cape Canaveral several years ago, during which I had the opportunity to photograph a launch of the Shuttle Columbia for an article in an engineering magazine profiling one of the payload specialists, was at least as inspiring.
We have to return to the moon. We have to put people on Mars, and expand and continue humanity's presence beyond Terra's atmosphere.
"Cause we came out of the cave and we looked over the hill and we saw fire, and we crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and this is what's next."
-- Sam Seaborn