One giant leap for mankind

by Anonymous on Jul. 20th, 2007

Man on the Moon: One of few photographs showing astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Since he was the first to descend from the lunar module, he took most of the photographs of the event.     Image courtesy NASA via Wikipedia.
Man on the Moon: One of few photographs showing astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Since he was the first to descend from the lunar module, he took most of the photographs of the event. Image courtesy NASA via Wikipedia.
On this date in 1969, Apollo 11's lunar module, the Eagle, landed on the surface of the Moon in a region known as the Sea of Tranquility. About six hours later, US astronaut Neil Armstrong descended the spacecraft's ladder and became the first human to walk on the lunar surface.

Armstrong's words as he made the historic first step have long been considered redundant: "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."

But Armstrong has long claimed that he said "a man", and that the "a" was lost in an audio glitch due to inadequate technology. Recent analysis of the recording by an audio expert appears to vindicate Armstrong on this point.

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin later joined Armstrong on the surface for more than two and a half hours of extravehicular activity, planting the American flag, shooting photographs, and collecting nearly 50lbs of lunar rock samples. During this time, astronaut Michael Collins orbited the Moon in the mission’s command module, Columbia, waiting patiently to bring them safely back to Earth.

The event was televised and watched worldwide and is considered one of the defining moments of human history.

FURTHER INFO
More on the first moon landing
More on Armstrong’s misquoted statement

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

There is an interesting debate about moon landing hoaxes over on the thread for the picture used in this blog post if anyone is interested.

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 7:36pm
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

I think that these are some great photos. Why is the flag waving?? I thought there was no wind on a planet or moon with no atmosphere?

posted on Thu, 05/22/2008 - 9:59am

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