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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-05-2009 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Press Association: Moon speech 'a' slip of the tongue
Astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous moon-landing transmission "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" was a slip of the tongue, according to new research.

Armstrong has always insisted he actually said "one small step for a man" as he became the first man to step on to the moon in 1969 - but the crucial "a" was inaudible in the television transmission.

Excuses given for the apparent blip include static interference or Armstrong's Ohio accent.

But now, using the best quality recordings ever released by NASA, researchers Dr Chris Riley and forensic linguist Jon Olsson have concluded Armstrong, an otherwise eloquent speaker, omitted the word by accident - possibly due to the pressure of his workload.

Additional articles: This is far from the first time this topic has been raised.

collectSPACE: One small step for 'a' man... and machine [2006 discussion]

Max Q
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posted 06-05-2009 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After all this time we are still digging this one I bet Neil is so sick of it by now.

Apollo Redux
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posted 06-05-2009 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to say, I think it's perfect as it was said.

Max Q
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posted 06-06-2009 02:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed considering all that was happening at the time I think he performed better than most.

1202 Alarm
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posted 06-06-2009 05:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh please... not THAT, not AGAIN. The 40th celebration deserve better stories, no?

(Not RP's fault who's only reporting the general medias. But after all, whatever was said or not, it would be a bit more clever for the US press to remember that the speech was made in English and not in Russian..)

spacecraft films
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posted 06-06-2009 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Conjuring up this story again just to try and garner some press....

Max Q
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posted 06-06-2009 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The trouble is it wasn't much of a story 40 years ago. A man may or may not have tripped over his tongue in a moment of extreme stress. I have enough trouble over the phone or PA at work and I go there everyday. No one had ever been to the Moon.

Paul78zephyr
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posted 06-09-2009 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 1202 Alarm:
Oh please... not THAT, not AGAIN. The 40th celebration deserve better stories, no?
Agree 100 percent. Discussing this subject is NOT what I want the A11 40th anniversary discussions to be about.

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