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BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

There’s one small sidestep in the annals of moon-landing history. New reports say the famous words spoken by the late Neil Armstrong upon reaching the moon weren’t as spontaneous as he claimed.

“In a recent interview, Armstrong’s brother claims he saw the famous speech written up months before his brother became the first man to step foot on the moon.”

“Dean Armstrong says his brother showed him the phrase written on a piece of paper while the two were playing a game of Risk.”

Dean Armstrong divulged this revelation in a BBC documentary titled “Neil Armstrong - First Man on the Moon.”

But that’s not it for the celestial surprises. Sources say the speech heard on the moon-landing footage was incomplete. NBC News reports...

“The interview also confirms that Neil Armstrong meant to say ‘one small step for a man’ — even though the ‘a’ wasn't audible in the transmission from the moon. That's an important stylistic point, because the ‘a’ draws a contrast between the physical length of a human’s footstep and Apollo 11's ‘giant leap’ for human exploration.”

Previous reports claimed that Armstrong pondered what he was going to say in the moments before the walk and after landing on the moon.

The Telegraph writes Armstrong himself insisted he said the “a”, but in a 1999 interview, he said he couldn’t hear it in audio recordings, possibly because of transmission static.

According to Digital Journal, Armstrong supporters say this new information doesn’t detract from the phrase’s significance: Armstrong still penned the famous phrase and the moon landing was still a milestone achievement.
 

Neil Armstrong's Brother: 'One Small Step' Scripted

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Jan 2, 2013

Neil Armstrong's Brother: 'One Small Step' Scripted

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

There’s one small sidestep in the annals of moon-landing history. New reports say the famous words spoken by the late Neil Armstrong upon reaching the moon weren’t as spontaneous as he claimed.

“In a recent interview, Armstrong’s brother claims he saw the famous speech written up months before his brother became the first man to step foot on the moon.”

“Dean Armstrong says his brother showed him the phrase written on a piece of paper while the two were playing a game of Risk.”

Dean Armstrong divulged this revelation in a BBC documentary titled “Neil Armstrong - First Man on the Moon.”

But that’s not it for the celestial surprises. Sources say the speech heard on the moon-landing footage was incomplete. NBC News reports...

“The interview also confirms that Neil Armstrong meant to say ‘one small step for a man’ — even though the ‘a’ wasn't audible in the transmission from the moon. That's an important stylistic point, because the ‘a’ draws a contrast between the physical length of a human’s footstep and Apollo 11's ‘giant leap’ for human exploration.”

Previous reports claimed that Armstrong pondered what he was going to say in the moments before the walk and after landing on the moon.

The Telegraph writes Armstrong himself insisted he said the “a”, but in a 1999 interview, he said he couldn’t hear it in audio recordings, possibly because of transmission static.

According to Digital Journal, Armstrong supporters say this new information doesn’t detract from the phrase’s significance: Armstrong still penned the famous phrase and the moon landing was still a milestone achievement.
 

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