Armstrong: a never-read eulogy recalls danger of his feat
Laura J. NelsonTwo days before Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, speechwriter William Safire sent 12 sentences to President Nixon’s chief of staff.
The title of his memo: “In the event of moon disaster.”
Getting the astronauts to the moon was one thing, Nixon had been told. Getting them home was quite another.
“The most dangerous part of the moon mission was to get that lunar module back up into orbit of the moon and join the command ship,” Safire told Tim Russert in 1999 on an episode of “Meet the Press,” just after the memo was released. “If they couldn’t, and there was a good risk that they couldn’t, then they would have to be abandoned on the moon – left to die there.”
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"Armstrong: a never-read eulogy recalls danger of his feat", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 02/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/armstrong-a-never-read-eulogy-recalls-danger-of-his-feat