Neil Armstrong Tells What Really Happened On The Moon

Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 mission

Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 mission

All you space bloggers out there, take note: Neil Armstrong reads blogs and just might respond to you, as he did to Robert Krulwich on his NPR blog:

Well, this doesn’t happen every day.

In yesterday’s post, I talked about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s walk across the lunar surface back in 1969 and wondered, how come they walked such a modest distance? Less than a hundred yards from their lander?

Today Neil Armstrong wrote in to say, here are the reasons:

  • It was really, really hot on the moon, 200 degrees Fahrenheit. We needed protection.
  • We were wearing new-fangled, water-cooled uniforms and didn’t know how long the coolant would last.
  • We didn’t know how far we could go in our space suits.
  • NASA wanted us to conduct our experiments in front of a fixed camera.
  • We [meaning Neil] cheated just a little, and very briefly bounded off to take pictures of some interesting bedrock.

But basically, he says, we were part of a team and we were team players on a perilous, one-of-a-kind journey. Improvisation was not really an option.

But, reading between the lines, I kinda think he wanted to do more, go further. Anyway, read for yourself:

Dear Mr. Krulwich

I was delighted to read your December 7 column on the the Apollo 11 lunar surface traverses, The NASA maps do accurately portray the locations of the pathways used to complete the myriad of tasks we were assigned. And, although I have not checked, I believe the comparison with the size of athletic fields is reasonably accurate…

[continues at the Krulwich Wonders blog]

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  • Ironaddict06

    A bit off topic, but there was a NOVA program a few weeks ago, that showed in the 1960’s the U.S. military had full intentions on making a permant maned base on the moon. Of course this never came to be. It makes you wonder if the comments by Apollo astronauts, that “we were warned to not to return to the moon.”

  • Ironaddict06

    A bit off topic, but there was a NOVA program a few weeks ago, that showed in the 1960’s the U.S. military had full intentions on making a permant maned base on the moon. Of course this never came to be. It makes you wonder if the comments by Apollo astronauts, that “we were warned to not to return to the moon.”

    • Haystack

      Or people stopped caring about NASA once we beat the Soviets there.

      • Synapse

        Or even more likely, they realized it was just a shitty wasteland that happens to hover above our planet that didn’t have any resources to really offer outside of some “interesting bedrock” formations. If there were tons of gold deposits you bet your ass we’d be mining the hell out of it from our moonbase, but since no such thing exists…

        Even if you want to shoot weapons from space, you don’t need a moonbase for that. There’s simply no point in building a base if they have nothing to gain, economically or militarily, from there.

        • Mmoore5516

          We did build a base its called the International Space Station. It would have been easier to launch and dock on a stationary unit. Now we have to be do it in orbit 100 times more difficult than just dropping down.WHY?

  • Haystack

    Or people stopped caring about NASA once we beat the Soviets there.

  • Synapse

    Or even more likely, they realized it was just a shitty wasteland that happens to hover above our planet that didn’t have any resources to really offer outside of some “interesting bedrock” formations. If there were tons of gold deposits you bet your ass we’d be mining the hell out of it from our moonbase, but since no such thing exists…

    Even if you want to shoot weapons from space, you don’t need a moonbase for that. There’s simply no point in building a base if they have nothing to gain, economically or militarily, from there.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/wannaliveforever Mr. H.

    Or… ‘Something’ ‘told’ them to get off! Search for “mining the moon” + helium3 Search for the series: “The ‘Alien’ Great Deception” and watch all of ‘em to truly see ‘the bigger picture’.

    Also search for: Aliens + moon

    Be warned: in this world: nothing is what it is, you’re living in a matrix and you don’t even know it.

    Need more help: search for “Illuminatie” / “Satanism in music” / “Mind Control”

    Jesus Christ has always been right – He IS the truth!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/wannaliveforever Mr. H.

    Or… ‘Something’ ‘told’ them to get off! Search for “mining the moon” + helium3 Search for the series: “The ‘Alien’ Great Deception” and watch all of ‘em to truly see ‘the bigger picture’.

    Also search for: Aliens + moon

    Be warned: in this world: nothing is what it is, you’re living in a matrix and you don’t even know it.

    Need more help: search for “Illuminatie” / “Satanism in music” / “Mind Control”

    Jesus Christ has always been right – He IS the truth!

  • Mmoore5516

    We did build a base its called the International Space Station. It would have been easier to launch and dock on a stationary unit. Now we have to be do it in orbit 100 times more difficult than just dropping down.WHY?

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