Neil Armstrong 1930-2012
August 27, 2012 by prof77
Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969.
Witness, again, this dramatically strange clip from the first press conference held after Apollo 11’s return from mankind’s historic first visit to the moon.
They’ve just returned, triumphant, from a successful landing on the moon. You’d think they’d be jubilant.
So, why are they so nervous?
Neil Armstrong , clearly nervous . . . about what?
Apollo 11 crew members (L-R) Edwin Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins during the first press conference after their historic first lunar landing mission. Apollo 11 returned to Earth on July 24, 1969; this post-flight press conference was held on August 12, 1969 in Houston, Texas.
For the entire press conference: click here.
Here they are the night before the Apollo 11 launch. All three astronauts seem relaxed and happy. Compare this to the photo of the astronauts after their return. See the difference? One might think, if they were going to be nervous that they’d be nervous before the launch–not after their return. Strange, no?
Apollo 11 crew members (L-R) Edwin Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins during a press conference the night before they began their historic first lunar landing mission.