When Richard Nixon was the President of the United States, they had a speech ready for him to deliver to the world just in case the 1969 moon landing had ended in disaster. If fact many experts believed there was a big chance that Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin could have really gotten stuck on the moon. It’s something we don’t really think about now because we all know it was such a success. American Archives have unearthed the speech that would have been delivered if the late great Armstrong and Aldrin had never made it back to earth. This is such a great piece of history that I thought I might never see.
Give it a read, It’s such a moving and well prepared speech, and such a good thing that President Nixon never had to delivered it.
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Oh, that’s a very special find. Would love your permission to reproduce that on Learning from Dogs?
Thanks Paul, and your very welcome to reproduce it on Learning from Dogs 🙂
Carl, thank you so much. I read the obituary in yesterday’s Economist on Neil Armstrong and was very moved by it. Will refer to that and your post above to make a lovely rounded article for Tuesday. Once again, big thanks, Paul
Fascinating document! Thanks for stopping by my blog.