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    If they didn’t return from the moon

    If they didn’t return from the moon

    We all remembered this weekend the moon landing, upon news of Neil Armstrong’s death.

    What we didn’t focus on is what would have happened if Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were stranded.

    Rush just read this speech written by William Safire for Richard Nixon in the event the men would not return:

    Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

    These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

    These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

    They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

    In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

    In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

    Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

    For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

    Audio of Safire discussing the speech is available here.

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    Estragon | August 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Remember that the LEM was an experimental aircraft that could not be tested – we weren’t positive what the surface of the moon would be like, and there was no way to try and fly in 1/6 gravity except to go to the moon. So the Eagle was the highest-profile test flight ever.

    To save weight, it was a thin-skinned vehicle just barely big enough for Armstrong and Aldrin to stand up together inside. Fuel was calculated down to the ounce, and there was almost no margin for error at all – had Aldrin used just a touch too much in setting her down, they would not have had enough fuel to escape the moon’s gravity, and Collins would be riding home alone.

    […] speech writer, William Safire,  gave voice to the unspeakable,  via William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection: Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to […]


     
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    beloved2 | August 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Buzz Adrin did something on the moon that was not transmitted publicly that July day in 1969 and just recently was placed on Youtube.
    Enjoy this 2 minutes of real American heroes!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zEZvPg1itw


     
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    The Drill SGT | August 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I think a number of us thought of Ike’s speech.

    As for the LEM, the outer skin was effectively extra heavy duty aluminum foil


     
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    WarEagle82 | August 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    As for the LEM, the outer skin was effectively extra heavy duty aluminum foil

    Which is substantially thicker than Obama’s outer skin…


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