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Neil Armstrong One Small Step for Man

Neil Armstrong One Small Step for Man

Sep 19, 2012

Below is the text from Neil Armstrong’s descent to the surface of the moon on 20 July 1969: Listen to the audio: Neil Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon Neil Armstrong:I’m at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained, as you get close to it. It’s almost like a powder. Down there, it’s very fine. Neil Armstrong:I’m going to step off the LM now. Neil Armstrong:That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong:And the—the surface is fine and powdery. I can—I can pick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine layers like powdered charcoal to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads in the fine, sandy particles. Bruce McCandless:Neil, this is Houston. We’re...