Saturday, September 24, 2011

Neil Armstrong: his real words on the Moon

In honor of the recently released film, Apollo 18...which by all accounts is every bit as vapid as it promises to be...I thought that I would post this link.
What were Neil Armstrong's first words as he stepped onto The Moon?  I mean, his real first words?  They're not what you think they might be and we may have been too quick to lionize him.  Here's a description from the site linked above (BTW, the audio on the web page is entirely NSFW as it comes from The Onion...and we all know what that means):

"In 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to walk on the moon, uttering the immortal phrase, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Or did he? Previously suppressed footage discovered by blogjam shows that Armstrong's reaction was a great deal more uninhibited than history suggests, and that a hasty editing job was needed to prepare the astronaut's moment of glory for broadcast.

So here, for the first time, is the unedited NASA film from the triumphant Apollo 11 mission."

Oh if only that audio recording were the true broadcast.  Obviously it's a mere spot of fun but the sad truth is that it is a beacon of brilliance compared to certain supposed "truths" out there about the Apollo moon landings.  We've heard everything from "they were faked" to "we ran into aliens" a la Apollo 18.  Just ask Timothy Good.
Timothy Good is one of the leading investigators in Ufology but in regards to Mr. Armstrong he rather missed the mark.  In one of his books, Good published an unattributed report of a supposed friend of Armstrong's, who at a NASA get-together claimed to hear Armstrong say the following:

"It was incredible...fact is, we were warned off.  There was never any question then of a space station or moon base...I can't go into details except to say that their ships were far superior to ours both in size and technology--boy, were they big!...and menacing."

In Above Top Secret, Good also included this supposed transmission intercepted from Apollo 11 regarding alien spacecraft:
"These babies are huge, sir...enormous...Oh God you wouldn't believe it!  I'm telling you there are other spacecraft out here, sir...lined up on the far side of the crater edge...they're on the moon watching us..."

Fortunately, Good also published a full response from Armstrong regarding these allegations (p. 387), politely pointing out to Good that "your information is wrong."  No objects were sighted.  All discoveries from Apollo 11 were made public.

All, that is, except for Armstrong's real first words.  :)

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