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Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon

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July 20th is the anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and Neil Armstrong saying his famous phrase, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

This video shows clips from the historic moon landing.

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Base: 15 seconds guidance is internal. 12, 11, 10, 9, ignition sequence starts, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. All engines running. We have liftoff.

Astronaut Voice: Drifting to the right a little. Contact light. Ok, engine stop. The Eagle has landed.

Base: We copy you on the ground.

Announcer: Armstrong is on the moon. 38-year-old American, standing on the surface of the moon. On this July 20, 1969.

Armstrong: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for man kind.

Astronaut voice: That looks beautiful. It’s different, but it’s very pretty.

Astronauts talking.

Base: You’re cleared for take off.

Astronaut: We’re number one on the runway…7, 6, 5…very quiet ride.

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From the National Archives:

“In Event of Moon Disaster”, July 18, 1969.

White House speechwriter, William Safire, was asked to write a speech that President Nixon would make in case the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the Moon.

It was never delivered, and this speech was quietly tucked away into Nixon’s records. 

From - “American Originals” Treasures from the National Archives

Source: Nixon Library