The recorded conversation of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in space while practicing their moonwalk, reveals their wonder and awe at their setting.
Men Walk on the Moon
Mr. NEIL ARMSTRONG: I’m at the foot of the ladder, the LEM foot pads are only depressed in the surface about one or two inches, although the surface appears to be…
NARRATOR: Momentarily, centuries of speculation about the lunar surface and man’s ability to survive there would be over. It was 10:56 p.m. eastern time. Aldrin, the second man on the moon, followed Armstrong within 20 minutes.
Mr. BUZZ ALDRIN: Beautiful view.
Mr. ARMSTRONG: Ain’t that something? Magnificent sight out here.
Mr. ALDRIN: Magnificent desolation.
NARRATOR: The two astronauts uncovered a small stainless steel plaque on the forward landing gear, a plaque to mark the landing.
Mr. ARMSTRONG: For those who haven’t read the plaque, we’ll read the plaque that’s on the front landing gear of this LEM. First there’s two hemispheres, one showing each of the two hemispheres of earth. Underneath, it says “Here man from the planet earth first set foot upon the moon, July, 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” It has the crewmembers’ signatures, and the signature of the president of the United States.
NARRATOR: Overhead, Collins in the command ship Columbia could hear, but not watch the unfolding drama.
Mr. BRUCE McCANDLESS: Columbia, this is Houston reading you loud and clear. The EVA is progressing beautifully. I believe they are setting up the flag now.
Mr. MICHAEL COLLINS: Great.
Mr. McCANDLESS: I guess you’re about the only person around that doesn’t have TV coverage of the scene.
Mr. COLLINS: That’s alright, I don’t mind a bit. Is the lighting halfway decent?
Mr. McCANDLESS: Yes indeed. They’ve got the flag up now.
Mr. COLLINS: Beautiful, just beautiful.
Mr. ALDRIN: Alright, you do have to be rather careful to keep track of where your center of mass is. Sometimes it takes about two or three paces to make sure that you’ve got your feet underneath you. About two to three, or maybe four easy paces can bring you to a fairly smooth stop, change directions, like a football player, you just have to put a foot out to the side and cut a little bit. The so-called kangaroo hop does work, but it seems as though your forward mobility is not quite as good.