“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”
It was 47 years ago today that man first set foot upon the moon. We salute the incredible spirit and determination of the thousands upon thousands of men and women that contributed to man’s greatest achievement in exploration.
Happy birthday Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012), pictured here celebrating his 39th birthday shortly after becoming the first human to walk on the moon during Apollo 11.
“As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own… Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the Moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation. As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong.” -NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
An address to the nation to be read by President Richard Nixon should the Apollo 11 astronauts become stranded on the moon,
To: H. R. Haldeman From: Bill Safire
July 18, 1969.
IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
PRIOR TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT:
The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.
AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT, AT THE POINT WHEN NASA ENDS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE MEN:
A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to “the deepest of the deep,” concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.
Fun fact: It is widely believed that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin encountered landed UFOs observing the first human mission to the moon on July 20, 1969 which was dubbed Apollo 11. During the live broadcast being watched by many in America, a nail-biting 2 minutes went by in which the broadcast lost signal and there was no audio or picture of the astronauts on the moon. It is widely speculated that during the lost 2 minutes, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin were engaging Houston in dialogue on a hidden NASA radio channel about the UFOs that were observing them from a crater on the lunar surface.
Apollo 11 Landing Site, Statio Tranquillitatis, photo maps, top is a flown supplement (LAM 2) used by Collins to mark the landing position with sextant/telescope sightings. These sightings are shown in the second image. The actual landing site, not far from Collins’ measurements, is shown on the enlarged map.
In the kids cartoon Arthur, Arthur’s father David Read had Arthur at around 19 years old.
How do I know this? In the episode “DW aims high”, David tells his kids that he was Arthur’s age when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Armstrong landed on the moon in July of 1969 and Arthur is pretty consistently depicted as being eight years old, so David must’ve been born sometime around 1960 or 1961. Arthur premiered in September 1996 and since Arthur was around eight years old then, David was around 27, having been born around 1960. This also means that at the time of Arthur’s birth eight years prior, David was 19.