Nixon moon disaster speech


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Apparently Nixon's speechwriter had prepared a speech back in 1969 in case Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin had died while on the moon. It was originally released to the public 1969, but this is the first I've ever seen of it.

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
From Nixon's Undelivered Moon Disaster Speech [1969]

Jason Fritz

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Interesting, but not surprising. It's no different than news stations or newspapers writing memorials for living actors, presidents, or anyone that hasn't died yet. Seen them accidently published them too.


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Sorry for necroposting, I just found this thread...

I was watching a PBS TV series on the moon landings, and one of the Apollo 11 crews wives said that the mission commander told her that he figured the odds at about 50%. If that's what they told the wives, then I figure the odds were really worse than that.

The fact that the US manned space program is now where we were at in 1960 is very sad. We can't even put a man on a suborbital flight, let alone go to the moon. NASA's budget for 2012 is about 17 million dollars (0.48% of the budget) The cost of military spending is about one trillion dollars (about 30% of the budget).

Interesting reading:
8 Ridiculous Things Bigger Than NASA’s Budget
Budget of NASA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Military budget of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Benefits of the NASA Space Program