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Lunar Language [Apr. 26th, 2006|11:45 am]
In July of 1969, Apollo XI made a successful landing and man walked on the moon for the first time. I'm sure we all remember Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

(The "a" is usually shown in brackets since there's some debate about whether it was actually said. Neil Armstrong has maintained that he said it. The audio tapes are inconclusive, but there's definitely some space for it. I tend to believe he said it but, what with the heavy breathing and excitement, his enunciation just wasn't as good as it might've been.)

Then, later that same year, Apollo XII made a perfect landing as mankind returned to the moon.

Do you remember who stepped out from Apollo XII (becoming the third person, after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) to walk on the moon? Do you remember what he said?

Pete Conrad stepped off the lander's ladder and said, "Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me." Yes, folks, that's the official NASA transcript. :) Pete was followed by Al Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon.

So maybe Apollo XII was a little less formal. I think it has a certain common humanity to it, though.

In later interviews, Pete said that he had taken a bet from a reporter who believed that the government dictated what they should say. According to him, the wager was never paid off, though.

[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-04-26 07:03 pm (UTC)
when you get right down to it, the poor audio recording quality is sheer brilliance on their part - if they did it at full studio recording quality the hoax would have been seen through immediately.
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2006-04-26 07:08 pm (UTC)
Personaly, I like and beleive the "Hoax"
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-26 07:20 pm (UTC)
Exactly! And the poor video picture keeps you from seeing that it was all done inside a warehouse filled with baking soda. Arm & Hammer shipping records from that year prove it! The masons were in on it with the government...
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From: chrissawyer
2006-04-26 07:09 pm (UTC)
He probably was goofy because he knew that nobody would ever remember who the THIRD guy on the moon was, or what he said. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-26 07:17 pm (UTC)
I think so. From what I can tell, he had a goofy sense of humor. (He also used a fair bit of sailor language, though fortunately not at this key moment.)
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From: chrissawyer
2006-04-26 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, can you imagine. "Holy fucking shit I'm on the fucking Moon!"
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[User Picture]From: penh
2006-04-27 01:55 am (UTC)
This seems like a good time to point to the Evolution Control Committee's The Fucking Moon.

"This is Tranquility base. The Eagle has landed.
Jesus H. Christ, Houston. We're on the fucking moon, over."

"Roger, Tranquility. We copy that. We cannot believe you are on the fucking moon, repeat, cannot fucking believe it, over."
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[User Picture]From: xodiac
2006-04-26 08:36 pm (UTC)
I remember watching "From the Earth to the Moon." There's one scene where the astronauts are at a backyard barbecue, and they're asking what Niel will say as the momentous first words on the moon. Niel wouldn't say. Pete Conrad said, "If you had any balls, you'd say, 'Dear God, what IS that??' scream, and cut your mike." Imagine that in the history books!
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2006-04-27 03:10 am (UTC)
Or as one of Patrick's readers interpreted that famous quote: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for kind man... wait that's not it!"
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2006-04-27 03:57 pm (UTC)
Do you remember what he said?

Who in tarnation is leaving footyprints all over my moon?
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