For those of us who grew up during the space race, Apollo 11 ignited a passion to boldly go where we’d never gone before, to follow in the footsteps of those who had trod upon new ground, and to imagine one step becoming a giant leap that would propel us into the unimaginable.
What if the mission of Apollo 11 had failed? What if they were unable to leave the moon?
There’s an interesting article on Space.com that’s well worth the time it takes to read (especially if you remember watching the live black and white broadcasts on the TV in your living room like we did).
Within the article is a speech written for then President Nixon – a just in case speech. It was the speech with which the President would address the nation in the event that the mission of Apollo 11 failed.
Here’s a teaser.
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.