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Race Against Time

When I was growing up in the 1960s everyone was fascinated by the space race. It was Russia v USA to try and get the first man on the moon. The USA won! On 21st July 1969 I sat in my front room and watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon on our black-and-white TV.

At the time I had a Saturday job as a gardener for some quite rich people who lived near me. They were so rich that they still had servants and a gardener (and a gardener’s boy – that was me). They also had a very old cook called Dorothy. In fact, if you want to get a good idea of what this household was like, try reading one of the William books by Richmal Crompton. It was just like William’s house. Anyway, Dorothy was very old and quite mad. She was absolutely certain that all those people walking around up there on the moon had made the weather go funny, and she went on about it all the time.

The funny thing is, in a way she was right, because all those millions of gallons of rocket fuel they burnt must have helped the greenhouse effect to happen!

If you want to find out more about space travel, try the NASA website: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/home/index.html