Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Thematic Photographic 56: "Aviation" v.7.0


"The Eagle Has Landed"
Washington, DC - April, 1999 (Click to embiggen)

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Since I'm finishing up the week with Aviation "firsts" it seems only fitting to close things out with the first time a human footprint was left on a naturally occurring celestial body other than Earth. This is (obviously) a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Module that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon. (The third member of the crew, Michael Collins, drew the short straw and remained in lunar orbit aboard Command Module.) While there is known recording to back him up, Neil Armstrong solemnly swears that what he actually said as he put that first bootprint on the lunar surface was: "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." All of the recorded versions leave out the article "a", but the quote makes much more sense with it in there. So I'm going to take Neil's word for it.

Even though I didn't hear it that way at the time.

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2 comments:

Nukke said...

http://www.pekkajylha.fi/index2.html in this address is The Gallery of this Finnish sculptor Pekka Jylhä who made that reading boy on a stone sculpture !!!!

That pic was very interesting about Apollo 11 !

Vita Stunder said...

You have been buzy..

I have missed a lot!

Congrats to second place on the blogaward.
It is close victory!

Hugs, Anna