That’s one small step for (a) man,
one giant leap for mankind.
Note that I didn’t write: “That’s one small step for man”.
After returning from space, Armstrong said there was a lost word in his famous one-liner from the moon: “That’s one small step for ‘a’ man.” It’s just that people just didn’t hear it.” You can read more about that here.
I doubt there is a more widely recognized quote (or misquote) in the history of humankind than Neil Armstrong’s words as he took his first step on the moon.
I realise this post is four days premature since Neil Armstrong didn’t land on the moon until July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. But today marks the lifting off of Apollo 11 from Cape Kennedy.
To mark the event, tomorrow night I will go see the highly anticipated documentary Apollo 11 at my local cinema. Also you can relive the journey on you tube in one single LIVE broadcast over six days.
I highly recommend the following mini-documentary about how NASA recovered and studies the moon rocks – Where does NASA keep the Moon Rocks?: