The average age of the systems engineers and controllers in the room that day was 26. Which means among other things that their age when they heard that challenge [going to the moon] was 18.
I found this gold nugget while researching Thorium reactors, more on that some other time. Everything about the Apollo mission’s is awe-inspiring, but this one struck home with me particularly well.
The time for change is now, age or pre-existing knowledge and training is not a requirement for participating. Go make the world a better place.