Are you a moon landing believer or do you think the whole thing was a hoax? While many people think Neil Armstrong planted the American flag on a sound stage in California rather than on our moon, the following document might just change their minds.
It turns out the American President had prepared a speech in case the mission to the moon failed and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin had to be left in space to die. It seems unlikely President Nixon would need such a thing if it was all a hoax.
On July 16, 1969, three astronauts launched into space for the Apollo 11 moon mission. Only two, Armstrong and Aldrin, would use the lunar module to land on the moon. It was the responsibility of the third astronaut, Michael Collins, to enter a lunar orbit and rendezvous with the others later.
The real danger came in the highly likely scenario that the lunar module would be unable to launch from the moon, or that it would be unable to meet back up with Collins on board the ship. According to Collins, there were 117 pages of possible scenarios he had to train for.
If anything went wrong, only Collins would return to Earth, while the others would have to stay, being forced to starve to death or commit suicide.
In an interview in 1999, William Safire, Nixon’s speechwriter, said the following:
“If they couldn’t [launch], and there was a good risk that they couldn’t, then they would have to be abandoned on the moon, left to die there.”
“Mission Control would then have to — to use their euphemism — ‘close down communication,’ and the men would have to either starve to death or commit suicide. And so we prepared for that with a speech that I wrote, and the President was ready to give that.”
Safire wrote that speech and sent it to Nixon just two days into the Apollo 11 mission. It reads as follows:
“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. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.”
“In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.”
“In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood. Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.”
“For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.”
Luckily, the mission to the moon was a success and all three astronauts returned safely to Earth eight days later on July 24th.
While there is plenty of evidence that humankind has landed on the moon, many conspiracy theorists still say otherwise. Check out the video below, which suggests famous Hollywood director, Stanley Kubrick, faked the famous footage. I’ll admit, it is convincing!