April 26th, 2006

Nicodemus

Lunar Language

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?

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