More than 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, NASA ended the seemingly impossible Apollo 11 mission to bring the first two men to the moon. Armstrong wrote history, jumped from the Moonland Eagle, and delivered his legendary speech "One Small Step" to the millions of anxious humans who look back on Earth. The deceased astronaut became a sensation overnight after he buried the US flag in the lunar surface and ended the space race with the Soviet Union.
However, Aldrin thought he should have been this man.
James Donovan revealed during his new book "Shoot for the Moon," in which the now 89-year-old lost his temper when he found out he would play the second fiddle in the mission, and decided to go to Armstrong bring.
He wrote: When Aldrin heard a rumor that Slayton had decided that Armstrong would be the first to walk on the moon, he was not happy.
"He also heard that Neil's civil status was one reason for the election ̵
"Aldrin decided to discuss this with Armstrong.
" According to Aldrin, Neil & # 39; hesitated for about a minute, then with a coolness, I did not know he had that he said That the decision was quite historical and he did not want to rule out the possibility of going first. "
Mr. Donovan claims that Aldrin then made a desperate attempt to convince NASA bosses that he was a more appropriate candidate for the job.
He added, "Aldrin approached a few other lunar module pilots and used charts and statistics to show why he and she should step on the Moon in front of other crewmates /
" When he tried it Discuss it with Mike Collins. Mike cut him off.
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he found that disturbing.
The revelation comes after former NASA engineer Steve Bales admitted there is something in the same book that keeps him informed about Apollo 11 at night.
While monitoring the position and speed of the lunar module, Mr. Bales was about to call a kill when it turned out that a navigation error had occurred.
Mr. Bales is often rewarded for his steel nerves, which he received on the return of Apollo 11 to Earth by Richard Nixon.
Mr. Donovan revealed, "The bad thing, or the last thing Bales keeps awake at night, was that after weeks of discussion, NASA had decided that GUIDO – in this case, Bales – had the power to break off on the descent to the lunar surface.
"Bales did not want that responsibility and neither had any other air traffic controllers.
"Now GUIDO was able to stop the landing, even though it could be completed under certain circumstances.
"And if the demolition would lead to a botched rendezvous – which is quite possible, since this would lead to a changed trajectory – this could lead to the two crew members being stranded in the LM without any chance of escape.
"Bales did not try to think about what might happen. "