"In the end Neil Armstrong's greatest gift to us could be his silence."
"It has been said that ten thousand years from now, only one name will still be remembered - that of Neil Armstrong. But in the four decades since he first set foot on the moon, Armstrong has become increasingly reclusive.
"Andrew Smith, author of the best-selling book Moondust, journeys across America to try and discover the real Neil Armstrong. He tracks down the people who knew Armstrong, from his closest childhood friend to fellow astronauts and Houston technicians, and even the barber who sold his hair, in a wry and sideways look at the reluctant hero of the greatest event of the twentieth century."
UPDATE: Belmont Club contributes this interview with Armstrong: A short time before he died, Neil Armstrong gave a presentation in Australia matching the footage of his landing on the moon against a modern Google map of the moon. Anyone who has any doubts that the moon landing was real should watch it
"Those slopes are steep, the rocks are very large -- the size of automobiles," he told Alex Malley, CEO of accounting firm CPA Australia, narrating over a Google Moon version of the landing.
"It's certainly not a place where I want to land, so I took over manually from the computer, the auto-pilot. Like a helicopter, on out to the west, to try to find a smoother, more level landing spot."
Footage shows Commander Armstrong spots a smooth spot other side of crater.
"I'm running low on fuel. I've got less than two minutes of fuel," he told Malley.
The actual footage shows Eagle's rocket engine starting to kick up moon dust. Then a 30-second fuel warning pings.
"I need to get it down here on the ground pretty soon, before we run out," Armstrong said.
Then a light thump, followed by the immortal words: "Tranquility to base here. The Eagle has landed."Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 26, 2012 12:44 PM