What did Neil Armstrong really say when he took the first step on the moon?
Millions of people on Earth who listened to him on TV or radio heard this:
"It's one small step for a man, one big leap for humanity."
But after returning from space, Armstrong said it was not what he intended to say. He said that in his famous moon book there was a lost word: "This is one small step for" man ". People just did not hear that.
During the 30th anniversary of the congregation in 1999, Commander Apollo 11 admitted that he had not heard, as he said, when he listened to the transmission from the moon landing on July 20, 1969.
"A" was intentional, "said Armstrong. "I thought I said that. I can not hear it when I'm listening to radio reception here on Earth, so I'll be happy if you just put it in parentheses. "
Although it seems that no one has heard "a", some studies confirm Armstrong. In 2006, a computer analysis of sound waves showed that Armstrong said what he said. NASA was also at the sleepwalker.
Armstrong, who died in 2012 at the age of 82, said he invented the statement himself. In the 2001 oral history of NASA, he said NASA discouraged astronauts training, which was reflected in the NASA memo. He emphasized how "the truest emotion … is what the researcher feels in himself".
"I thought about it after landing," Armstrong said of his famous line. "And because we had many other things to do, it was not something I really focused on, but something that in a sense went subconsciously or in the background. talking about leaving something, why it was not very complicated.