Friday, September 4, 2009

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

On July 5, 1969 Neil Armstrong was asked this question by a foreign reporter:

Q: "I would like to ask Neil Armstrong if he agrees with the congressional mandate which specifies that the U.S. flag, and only the U.S. flag will be implanted on the moon on Apollo 11?"

A: "That decision has been made where it should be made, namely in the Congress of this country. I wouldn't presume to question it."

He was then asked about the legal importance of the United States landing on the moon.

A: "I think we might refer to this plaque again, in the last line. It says we came in peace for all mankind. I think that is precisely what we mean."

At 04:06:45:58 Mission elapsed time, we heard "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

That night, at Arlington National Cemetery, a small bouquet of flowers and this note was placed on JFK's grave. "Mr. President, the Eagle has landed."

And right before 10:57 that night, we heard these words from Neil Armstrong, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Now what happened to these foreign journalists that they thought the landing on the moon was fake?

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