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[b]New Book Reveals Untold Stories of the First Moon Landing[/b]
Nearly four decades ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left mementos on the ancient lunar soil of the Sea of Tranquility. Among these was a tiny, fragile silicon disc with microscopic messages of goodwill from 73 world leaders.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin recollects, "Neil Armstrong and I almost forgot to leave the silicon disc on the Moon. But no one should forget the wonderful messages beautifully portrayed in author Tahir Rahman's new book- [i]We Came In Peace For All Mankind: The Untold Story Of The Apollo 11 Silicon Disc[/i] (Leathers Publishing, 2007). The disc will last on the lunar surface for thousands of years."
Lost in the excitement of the time, the disc has gone unread- until now. The 1969 messages came from world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II, Indira Gandhi, and the Shah of Iran. Rahman spotlights the historical importance of the time capsule and shares the messages of peace and hope in a bold and exciting way. One such message from Eric Williams, the 1969 Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago warned, "It is our earnest hope for mankind that while we gain the Moon, we shall not lose the world."
The book traces the history of the disc's development and includes a library of all the messages in their native script, such as Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew. There is an ornate framed message from the Vatican's Pope Paul VI. There are many other untold ceremonial events which took place during the mission, including a private communion that Aldrin partook in with a tiny vial of wine.
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