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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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    Milhouse | August 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    But we who feel the weight of the wheel,
    when winter falls over our world,
    can hope for tomorrow and raise our eyes
    to a silver moon in the open skies,
    and a single flag unfurled.
    For the Eagle has landed,
    tell your children when
    time won’t drive us down to dust again.

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