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Computer Analysis Sets NASA History Straight

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the darn-it-i-said-it-right dept.

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Ellis D. Tripp writes, "A computer analysis has upheld Neil Armstrong's version of the first words spoken on the lunar surface. The word 'a' was dropped due to a communications glitch, and Armstrong has been accused of flubbing his words since the historic 1969 landing. The corrected statement was 'That's one small step for *A* man, One giant leap for mankind.'"

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278 comments

my nipples (0, Offtopic)

chunky shit salsa (956359) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261911)

get hard in space. 1stpostal.

Good news (5, Funny)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261921)

Well, I am glad that's finally sorted - I've been losing sleep over the issue for years.

Re:Good news (1)

Frightening (976489) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262017)

Well they say "computer analysis", meaning that some geek has been losing bed-time over this for a while. Scary shit.

Greedo (5, Funny)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262313)

Well, I am glad that's finally sorted

Yup, the Moon spoke first! No, wait...

Re:Good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262339)

I always thought he took credit for it. Anyways, how do they get part of a communications back that was lost during transmission? Did they go back and review the tapes done by the aliens?

*Ahem* (3, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261923)

When stories keep changing, it is a sign of a cover up. Yet more proof that the moon landings were a hoax.
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(now to take bets on whether this gets modded funny or troll)

Re:*Ahem* (4, Funny)

ianejames (999353) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261973)

mod parent "funny troll"

Re:*Ahem* (2, Funny)

HighBit (689339) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261995)

mod parent "funny"

Re:*Ahem* (3, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262137)

Wait, let me try... mod parent "flamebait"

/ducks

Re:*Ahem* (1, Funny)

buswolley (591500) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262159)

mod parent Ducks

Re:*Ahem* (1)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262325)

And their ducklings.

Re:*Ahem* (2, Insightful)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262219)

mod parent underrated

Re:*Ahem* (2, Funny)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262227)

mod parent insightful

Re:*Ahem* (5, Funny)

Kahless2k (799262) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262279)

Would you people stop modding my parents; They're starting to complain.

*ducks*

Re:*Ahem* (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262441)

Ooh, ooh! Me too! Don't mod the parent at all!

Re:*Ahem* (underrated moderation) (3, Informative)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262479)

Yeah.. that's the only to get moderated +5 troll... One moderation for troll followed by 4 'underrated' moderations.

Re:*Ahem* (underrated moderation) (1)

Ansonmont (170786) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262533)

I think it is Saturday night and the moder4tors are drunk. Discuss.

-A

Re:*Ahem* (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262015)

The moon landings were faked. Here's some pretty convincing evidence (no really, check it out!)
http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~akapadia/moon.html [dartmouth.edu]

Re:*Ahem* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262381)

The government must think we're morons?? Well.. yeah! With people like YOU
around! God.. you must have SOOO much time on your hands... lucky for you I
don't so let this be short and to the point.. and hopefully a little
convincing to you're little denial problem.. ok.. the picture where you say
they aren't wearing helments?? Sorry to burst your bubble.. but they are on
the EARTH.. evidence of plants and mountains and a BLUE/white sky I think is
convincing enough.. need me to spell it? E_A_R_T_H.. Obviously they were
showing examples of the rover riding around on Earth.. or at best testing
it.. you really need to use that thing most don't called... your head...
freak.. oh and lemme educate you on a few of your other "fake moon!" pics..
k? That gas pump could NOT be MORE fake! Moron... maybe you might just add a
bunch of purple squiglies and say "Aliens! look!" plus.. that shodow ain't
too convincing either.. I mean we all love a prank as well as the next
bloak.. but I mean.. come ON that's just sad...same with the street signs..
wow.. you got paintshop pro.. good for you.. what.. spring break too boring?
Wow.. 2 whole weeks of just sitting at home and trying to convince old ladies
that the moon landing was fake... poor you -_-...same with your h***y
f***-in-the-ass expiriment and condoms on board... you are such an ass!

~Rhea

I couldn't find Idiot (1)

algerath (955721) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262475)

as a choice for my mod points. I really think -1 dumbass should be a choice.

Algerath

Well (5, Interesting)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261935)

I doubt this will ever become realised in the mainsteam concious, it's been ingrained on the entire world and I don't think there is anyone (english speaking) who wouldn't be able to quote it. I don't think it's ever really been an issue of dropping the 'a', the line gains memorability for that. At the end of the day I think this research will end up as a nice section of trivia somewhere, but we will all remember the quote that came through on that day, and surely the communications glitch was a part of history too, so it should be remembered that way IMHO.

Re:Well (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262145)

I doubt this will ever become realised in the mainsteam concious
Well, yea. But it really does change the entire meaning of the first words spoken on the moon.

Either way, they should have just STFU about it, since "one small step for A man" doesn't flow nearly as well.

The only reason to correct the record is to put more emphasis on Buzz. He might as well have said "one small step for me"

Re:Well (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262197)

Why should anyone have STFU about it? The quotation has been contradicted by the very man who said it.

Sure, it was Armstrong who changed the gameplan and stepped out before Aldrin and became the first human to step foot on the moon. I wish it had been Aldrin, but it wasn't. Armstrong's words are what counts. Let's fix a 40 year error and let it stand correctly for the duration of mankind.

Re:Well (4, Insightful)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262151)

"and surely the communications glitch was a part of history too, so it should be remembered that way IMHO."

I remember it as a quote that didn't make sense. In context, "man" == "mankind". It would have been silly to say "That's one small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind".

Ever since I learned that Armstrong contended that the "a" was lost, the quotation made sense and IMHO it's one of the most profound statements ever uttered... unless you drop the "a". Let's try to correct the error and remember what he REALLY said.

The fact that the record was incorrect for 40 years should be a footnote.

Re:Well (1)

b0r1s (170449) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262239)


I don't think there is anyone (english speaking) who wouldn't be able to quote it


I wish that were true, but I fear you give far too much credit to public education. Go on, ask a 12th grader. Then cry.

Ingrained Quotes. (3, Informative)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262461)

You're right. "One small step for man" will be remembered, just like "Beam me up, Scotty", and "Play it again, Sam".

However, I just listened [youtube.com] to it, and here's my take:
Armstrong has the "One small step" speach properly memorized and ready to go. He knows he has to do it right, because it will be broadcast live to the entire planet. He describes the lunar surface, then steps off the landing pad, and says, "That's one small step for man... One..." Damn! I goofed. "giant leap for mankind".

Re: Well (4, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262473)

> I doubt this will ever become realised in the mainsteam concious, it's been ingrained on the entire world and I don't think there is anyone (english speaking) who wouldn't be able to quote it. I don't think it's ever really been an issue of dropping the 'a', the line gains memorability for that. At the end of the day I think this research will end up as a nice section of trivia somewhere, but we will all remember the quote that came through on that day, and surely the communications glitch was a part of history too, so it should be remembered that way IMHO.

What's sad is that it hasn't turned out to be a giant leap for mankind after all, but rather the high-water point of a short-term venture we haven't had the will to follow through on.

Re: Well (3, Insightful)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262487)

Problem is that, after the moon, the learning curve for landing on heavenly bodies jumps a bit. Gets a little hairier after Mars, too.

Re:Well (3, Interesting)

Dausha (546002) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262507)

"I don't think there is anyone (english speaking) who wouldn't be able to quote it."

What's funny is I always thought there was meant to be an 'a' in it. When you hear the audio, it sounds like something is missing before the man based on how 'man' was said (to me, it sounds like m-man, which lead me to believe it was a-man). So, whenever I said it, I put the 'a' in there.

So, while you may not think there's anyone, I'm one who would quote with the 'a.'

In other news, "Take the 'L' out of lover, and it's over."

And in other news... (5, Funny)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261941)

This just in: computer analysis has revealed that Han Solo did, in fact, shoot first!

Re:And in other news... (3, Funny)

wrook (134116) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262187)

Therefore Chewbacca is from Endor, you must acquit.

Re:And in other news... (4, Funny)

wrook (134116) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262205)

Damnit! I *swear* I typed the "if". Must be a communications glitch...

Sound Stage? (2, Funny)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261947)

But wasn't it all recorded on a NASA Sound Stage? I mean seriously how are we to believe that such prestine equipment setup for the moon landing would drop the 'a'. //HEHEHE Sorry..

Re:Sound Stage? (1)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262315)

>>> " But wasn't it all recorded on a NASA Sound Stage? I mean seriously how are we to believe that such prestine equipment setup for the moon landing would drop the 'a'. "

The origional studio recording was perfect but when it was broadcast from the studio later that day, some sound guy in black jeans and a mullet decided to 'change the settings'.... If you listen really really carfully, you can here him say "ah, shit...".

Re:Sound Stage? (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262469)

+1 Interesting -1 OverRated?

Seriously, its +1 Funny -1 Troll.. Learn how to moderate people.

*A* Computer Analyst? (3, Funny)

Jane_Dozey (759010) | more than 7 years ago | (#16261977)

Are you sure that it's "*A* Computer Analyst..." and not just "Computer Analyst..."?

That figures... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16261989)

Computer analysis also reveals that these analysts are the only people with more spare time on their hands to waste on arcane geeky shit than slasdot readers.

It's Saturday night, it's a beautiful fall evening...WTF am I doing here?

Hey! (1)

tonycheese (921278) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262001)

I was just reading about this on my giant Uncle John's Bathroom Reader on the toilet a few minutes ago! What a coincidence.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262413)

I was just reading about this on my giant Uncle John's Bathroom Reader on the toilet a few minutes ago! What a coincidence.

Why is the fact that your Uncle John is a giant so relevant to this story?

Re:Hey! (1)

hords (619030) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262539)

Why is the fact that your Uncle John is a giant so relevant to this story?

Someone had to confirm that it was, in fact, a giant leap.

Flubbing the biggest first post of all time.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262019)

He really meant to plant a goatse.cx flag. :-)

History Re-written (4, Interesting)

Yahma (1004476) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262027)

Niel Armstrong did have alot of critics who complained that he changed his story, or was trying to change what he had apparently said in order to make it sound better/different. This computer analysis should quiet his critics, but the unfortunate truth is most of the public will probably never hear about this analysis and life will go on...

There was an interview several years back where Mr. Armstrong said that he said the word *A* during his famous radio transmission from the moon. Someone could try Voice Stress Analysis [sourceforge.net] on that interview to determine if he is lying or telling the truth, to verify the results of this analysis. =)


Yahma
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Re:History Re-written (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262171)

Actually, he said the word "a", which is pronounced "uh". The word "A", which is pronounced "ay", is the name of the first letter of the English alphabet.

The other sounds better -- it's iambic. (3, Interesting)

Etherwalk (681268) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262039)

The last foot in the first half sounds better without the `a.' I tried posting the scansion, but the lameness filter found that too dorky. =)

Re:The other sounds better -- it's iambic. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262093)

Absolutely true. And there's also no reason why there needs to be an "a" in there anyway. It still makes complete sense the way it has come down through the ages: "One small step for Man; one giant leap for Mankind". "One small step for a man; one giant leap for Mankind" sounds awkward and trite. "Man" in this context stands in for the human animal; "Mankind" for human society.

Re:The other sounds better -- it's iambic. (2, Insightful)

jspoon (585173) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262111)

This way makes a lot more sense though. Without the indefinite article, man and mankind are more or less synonymous.

Re:The other sounds better -- it's iambic. (1)

Etherwalk (681268) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262121)

True. =)

Re:The other sounds better -- it's iambic. (1)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262295)

I think it depends on your accent. Neil said it like I would, with "for a" basically pronounced as one syllable---more or less like "furra" or "f'ra".

What he really said: (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262061)

Actually he said:

"Ah shit! I pissed my pants!"

because he was so nervous. Remember, he is an engineer, not a spokesman. But it was covered up.
     

Re:What he really said: (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262131)

(Note: it is meant as a joke. I did not mean to actually claim a conspiracy.)

Re:What he really said: (1)

maddskillz (207500) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262139)

Seriously...the guy was the first person to walk on the moon. I would be pretty nervous to.
Who hasn't had something come out wrong, when they were making a presentation, or leading a group or something? People get nervous. Now, multiply that by a million, since the whole world is watching...you have to give some elbow room.
Sure, if you look at it in a strict sense, it didn't make sense, but I would imagine most intelligent people would still get the jist of it.

Re:What he really said: (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262195)

I would be pretty nervous to. Who hasn't had something come out wrong, when they were making a presentation,

Indeed. If they sent me, it probably would have gone down something like this:

That's one sman, uh, that's one step for a small man, I mean one man for a small, I mean one step on a small, I mean one man is a small....Oh fuck! People of Earth, I'm on the goddam fucking moon, okay? And, hey, fuck those ruskies, eh?

I see wide ranging aplications... (4, Funny)

ShagratTheTitleless (828134) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262077)

The time is ripe for Slashdot editors to try and convince us that duplicate stories were the result of communications echoes.

NASA Alzheimers (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262087)

First NASA loses Apollo TV master tapes [slashdot.org] , and now it loses pronouns. At this rate it will lose a planet within a decade such that we'll have only 8.
         

Re:NASA Alzheimers (1, Redundant)

klaun (236494) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262167)

First NASA loses Apollo TV master tapes, and now it loses pronouns. [snip]

The word a in that phrase is an article, not a pronoun. In other context it might be a preposition or even a pronoun for British speakers of English.

Re:NASA Alzheimers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262269)

The word a in that phrase is an article, not a pronoun. In other context it might be a preposition or even a pronoun for British speakers of English.

Yes, those crazy Brits. How dare they corrupt our language like that. Oh wait...

Re:NASA Alzheimers (1)

klaun (236494) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262417)

Yes, those crazy Brits. How dare they corrupt our language like that. Oh wait...

Well, I certainly didn't mean it in a perjorative sense. More in the sense that if you used "a" as a pronoun to a person in America, they wouldn't no what the hell you were talking about. In any case, "a man" is definitely using it as a preposition.

Re:NASA Alzheimers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262283)

it already has lost a planet... pluto [wikipedia.org]

Oh for crying out loud (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262095)

I was just a kid when this happened, but I do remember it. It was magic.

But I've never understood this fuss about his pronounciation. It seemed perfectly clear to me what he said at the at the time, and it seems perfectly clear on all the endless replays.

In retrospect, I think he should have said "Wow; holy shit!" instead. Then we wouldn't have this endless handwringing overanalysis.

Re:Oh for crying out loud (1)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262311)

"Wow; holy shit!"

Yeah, but if he'd said that, in 100 years from now, we'd be having people claiming that the moon was founded on Christian principles.

35 ms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262101)

"According to Ford, Armstrong spoke, "One small step for a man ..." in a total of 35 milliseconds, 10 times too fast for the "a" to be audible."

Damn, I wish I could talk that fast.

Yes... (2, Funny)

NoseBag (243097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262113)

...I read it somewhere a long time ago and been telling folks this for years - whenever the subject came up.

Now that its been officially reported in /., I can triumphantly wave the printout in peoples' faces and scream, "See! This proves it! Its right here in.....uh...uh..."

Hmm. Never mind.

The Straight Dope (4, Funny)

aktzin (882293) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262117)

This story reminded me of a "Straight Dope" article I read years ago regarding something Armstrong allegedly mumbled right after his famous first words on the moon:

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a951117.html [straightdope.com]

While searching for this in the web site's archives I also found an entry from 1990 discussing the "small step for a man" argument:

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_362.html [straightdope.com]

My parents tell me that I actually saw the moon landing, but since I was a baby at the time I really can't comment on what I heard him say.

Tranquility base (4, Insightful)

trewornan (608722) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262123)

Weren't the first words spoken on the lunar surface:

"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

I always prefer it anyway - it doesn't sound like some crap written by a PR wanker.

Re:Tranquility base (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262163)

No, no, not first "on" the lunar surface, first "from" the lunar surface.
Damn, here we go for another 35 years.

Re:Tranquility base (1)

Dan Guisinger (15506) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262185)

As I recall the way its been told many times; it was tasked of Armstrong to come up with something to say. And if I remember correctly he had nothing by the time they landed that he liked.

I've seen a few specials that have shown NASA had no idea what he'd say and that he pretty much winged it.

Actually, the first words were "Contact Light!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262243)

, and would have been spoken by Buzz Aldrin, the lunar module pilot.

Re:Tranquility base (1)

gilroy (155262) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262277)

Those were spoken when the lander touched down. Six-plus hours later, the astronauts did an EVA, during which Armstrong said his famous "a", or not.

Or, to put too fine a point on it, your phrase was the first spoken from the lunar surface; Armstrong's "One small step..." was the first phrase spoken on the lunar surface.

Re:Tranquility base (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262305)

The first words spoken on the moon were: "Contact Light".

According to the HBO miniseries... (4, Funny)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262333)

"From the Earth to the Moon", command module pilot Mike Collins suggested that if Neil "...had any guts, you would say "What the hell is that?!", then scream and cut your mike." :)

Re:Tranquility base (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262453)

No.

those were the first words tranhsmitted to the orbiter.

the first words were... "holy CRAP it worked!"

First words after SETTING FOOT on the moon... (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262543)

I hear the first words said by the first man after first SETTING FOOT on the moon were:

"It's some kind of soft stuff. I can kick it around with my boot."

(Though I really need to get hold of a transcription or tape of the landing to check.)

The "That's one small step for {whatever...}" line was the first words said once he was STANDING on the moon. B-)

Which take was that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262127)

In take #1 he really messed it up, but they had it all right by take #5.

I always liked what Pete Conrad said... (3, Interesting)

sbaker (47485) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262155)

On Apollo 12:

    "Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me." -- Pete Conrad

On Apollo 14:

    "It's been a long way, but we're here." - Alan Shepard

Hmmmm - not *quite* so memorable.

butterfly theory (0)

etheriel (620275) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262165)

I wonder what bifurcation of history occured due to that glitch. That brief statement is imprinted in so many minds - how would we each have gone about our lives differently if that word hadn't been dropped?

Re:butterfly theory (0, Offtopic)

BeeBeard (999187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262289)

Elderly voters in Palm Beach County would not have accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan, the United States would have sound fiscal policies, and there would now be no war in Iraq. Wait, what was the question?

Re:butterfly theory (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262331)

Well, for one thing we wouldn't be in this whole global warming mess, because we'd understand that small things done by men could mean a giant leap for mankind. That is, proper environmentally friendly garbage sorting by individuals, up to company scale with reduced pollution, could lead to giant benefits to mankind!

But now the bastards at NASA ruined this with their poor audio equipment. :-(

Government vs. commercial (4, Funny)

whyde (123448) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262175)

All I can say is thank goodness the first person on the moon wasn't put there by a commercial entity. I'm sure the first words would have been something like, "That's one small step for a man, but a Taco Bell Gordito(tm) is much bigger!"

Either that, or some other government making a political sound bite that promotes a specific ideology or theology instead of something referencing the accomplishments of mankind in general, would have been equally disturbing.

I'm really proud that the folks at NASA took time to plan what would be said, realizing that it would be a historic moment.

Re:Government vs. commercial (2, Funny)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262335)

All I can say is thank goodness the first person on the moon wasn't put there by a commercial entity. I'm sure the first words would have been something like, "That's one small step for a man, but a Taco Bell Gordito(tm) is much bigger!"

Hehe, or "Funding this space program... Billions of your tax dollars... Me walking on the moon... Priceless!" ;-)

I wonder how many that would have upset, heh.

Re:Government vs. commercial (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262471)

Taco Bell, now with authentic Moon Cheese(TM).

I went to the trouble of alt+153, but slashdot renders it as '(TM)'. Boo /.

Re:Government vs. commercial (4, Funny)

windowpain (211052) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262521)

The comedian Robert Klein actually did a bit about this. How Armstrong could have made a fortune by selling out before he left Earth and then saying, "COCA-COLA!" as he put his foot out on the moon.

The tin foil hat version of the omission (1)

BeeBeard (999187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262177)

used to be that Armstrong was experiencing stage fright while the moon landing was being faked, and flubbed the line as a result. I kid you not. Now that some evidence of the letter 'a' has been found in this recording, it seems to cast some doubt on the Diamonds are Forever version of history. Maybe...just...maybe...Armstrong set foot on the moon after all? Nah, too convenient. ;)

Re:The tin foil hat version of the omission (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262241)

I thought Armstrong had himself later addmitted he messed up the line. The Snopes [snopes.com] article on it says so, but then he did it right after listening to a tape of the transmission.

I sense Illumnati involvement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262183)

Possibly to cover up the whole face on Mars thing.

If it happened to day (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262225)

If it happened today, an illegal alien would have stowed aboard, pushed Neil aside, and said it in Spanish:

Ése es un paso pequeño para un hombre, un salto gigante para la humanidad.

An alien? (1)

BeeBeard (999187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262263)

You mean like one of these? [wikimedia.org]

reverse talk (4, Interesting)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262237)

A quick sidetrip - Listen to the reverse audio of his words -

Man will spacewalk [lifecounsel.info]

Actually.. (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262249)

I prefer the version without the A. It was far more thoughtful of a remark.

But either works, and its good hes vindicated before his death.

Also pulled from the background noise... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262259)

Weird. I didn't know there was a controversy (1)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262281)

When I first heard the recording, I thought I heard him say "a man". I've always understood it to be merely a shoddy record. I didn't know there was a controversy.

Then again, when I first heard about it, I thought the gay marriage bill in Canada was going to be a triviality that was barely even newsworthy.

People make such a big deal out of nothing.

Just an analyst? (4, Interesting)

bherman (531936) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262293)

I read this story and wondered a bit about the guy who was involved. Saying he's "a computer analyst" is like saying Bush is just a little slow.

His work is pretty cool http://www.shann-ford.com/001%20programming.htm [shann-ford.com]

Oh and he's also a jounalist.

It would have been funnier if it was 'the' instead (2, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262359)

One giant step for 'the' man, one giant leap for mankind.

First Pluto now this. (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262401)

I just wish they would stop changing histroy. Won't somebody please think of the trees that will have to be cut dow to make the new books.

Re:First Pluto now this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262545)

Unfortunately the textbook companies will make new editions whether or not history actually changes. Generally if there's nothing to change, they add some extra pictures and change the formatting for vocabulary words. Eventually schools wise up to this and start reusing textbooks, eventually leading to some that never buy new books, which wind up with the entire section on the moon landing missing, which is why there are so many people who think it's a hoax.

It didn't happen (-1, Troll)

SniperClops (776236) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262421)

There was no moon landing [apfn.org] . It was a hoax.

Re:It didn't happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16262519)

Die in a fire.

I heard him blow it (1)

meBigGuy (308215) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262491)


He blew it big time ---- not as described. I wonder why they are covering it up.

He blew it in the 1st AND second phrases.

Oh well ---- rewrite history, assholes

What I would've said... (1)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16262505)

If it was me, I would have screamed "Oh my God what is that thing??!!" then turned off the mic.
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