Apollo 11 was a complete success and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were able to walk on the moon and eventually return to Earth.
But what would happen if they could not return?
President Richard Nixon, who sent a message to Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins after the successful landing on the moon, asked his speechwriter William Safire to write an emergency speech in case something went wrong. The speech was finally given to the Chief of Staff of Nixon, H. R. Haldeman, and is now in the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
APOLLO 11 INSIDERS REMEMBER THE MOST FAMOUS SPACE MISSION OF HISTORY: & # 39; WE HAVE AN ORDER TO DO AND WE HAVE MADE IT & # 39; good as the nation. "Fate has ordered that the men who have gone to the moon to search in peace remain on the moon to rest in peace", the speech begins that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for humanity in their sacrifice. "
Safire said in an interview with Meet the Press in 1999 that Aldrin and Armstrong were" letting down on the moon. "And" either starving or committing suicide. "
" These two men lay their lives in the Nixon would have continued in the speech.
] Nixon would have said further: "Others will follow and surely find their way home", but the memory of Aldrin and Armstrong would remain forever in honor, because "these men were the first and they will remain first, our hearts.
As the Nixon Library added, "Fortunately it was never needed [the speech ]" and The former President called the three astronauts and thanked them for their successful mission, saying, "Because of your efforts, Heaven is part of World of Man. "
Although the call was "unexpected," as Collins said in an interview with Fox News last month, he was still "well delivered and well received."
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