MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The world will mark the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon this July.
In celebration of the anniversary, a book is being released called "The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the men who went to the moon."
It’s written by Basil Hero, a former WMC Action News 5 reporter, who appeared at the 1986 ceremony when Memphis lit the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for the first time.
Hero left the bright lights of Memphis and ultimately launched a new career focused on his fascination with NASA's space travelers.
One by one, he made his way to interview all the surviving astronauts who went to the moon. He nicknamed them, "the Eagles."
“To look in their eyes, you see an alertness and a vibrancy that you don’t see in very many 90-year-old people. Of course, the eagle was on many of their mission patches. The lunar lander that Neil Armstrong was in was called the Eagle. And I felt it was appropriate. It’s a majestic symbol and these were majestic men,” said Hero.
Hero's book gives the Eagles a chance to reflect on lessons learned 50 years after moon missions and their grave concern about the health of planet earth.
"...They've seen it from deep space where it appears fragile. It hangs out there like this jewel. The blue water planet. There's no other planet out there in the known universe like it," said Hero.
In part, a deeply spiritual book, the Eagles offer profound insights into human life on earth:
"...The conclusion that all of these men arrived at was looking at the earth from the moon they said, 'you know what? We are living in paradise and we fail to appreciate it,'" said Hero.
Basil Hero has a book signing for The Mission of a Lifetime at NOVEL book store Sunday at 2 p.m.