Two men found dead on the moon!

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Image courtesy of argentaimages.com

Some of us will be old enough to remember being glued to the television set when Neil Armstrong left the lunar module and ‘finally’ stepped on to the surface of the moon.  We remember too, the image of President Nixon phoning the famous adventurers.

The first moon landing went without a hitch, culminating in that call from Nixon. Nixon would not have made that call, obviously, in the event of a disaster.

What would have he done instead?

For those wanting a break from the turbulent affairs of Australian politics, you may wish to read on. I’ve been shown this interesting document that tells us what Nixon would have done, or said, as an alternative to his famous call.

There was always the strong chance that the mission would fail. There was always the possibility that those men never returned home, being stranded on the lunar surface. In that event, a speech was drawn up which Nixon would have delivered to a shocked world. Titled “In event of moon disaster” it reads:

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.

Damn interesting, don’t you think? Makes one want to think about the alternative.

12 comments on “Two men found dead on the moon!

  1. I find this article bizarre. From what I know and read from alternative media no man American or other has ever landed on the moon from this planet. Just as no terrorist flew into the Twin Towers on 9/11; which was an inside job.

  2. When you look at the detail of the landing you realise the need for a prepared speech like this.
    If you can find the BBC Radio program “Archive on 4 – Walking on the Moon”, you can hear just how close they were to aborting the landing; not a disaster, but a close call as fuel was running out and the landing site was nowhere near as flat as they had expected. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/man-on-the-moon/contact/ (Not available at the moment on the BBC, but you can find it in other places.)
    The simple reason why USA beat CCCP to the moon is that the USA spent more money on simulations than CCCP spent on their entire program. And they didn’t have Gene Krantz.

  3. On the subject of hypotheticals,

    The commander of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, Lt. Jack B. ReVelle, speaking to a writer in 2011 of the bomb that had deployed its chute, said: “How close was it to exploding? My opinion is damn close. You might now have a very large Bay of North Carolina if that thing had gone off”. He also said the size of each bomb was 3.8 megatons, more than 250 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb, and large enough to have a 100% kill zone of seventeen miles. Each bomb would exceed the yield of all munitions (outside of testing) ever detonated in the history of the world by TNT, gunpowder, conventional bombs, and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts combined.[14]

    In 2013, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser published a book, Command and Control, in which he presented a declassified 1969 document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. In the report, entitled “Goldsboro Revisited,” written by Parker F. Jones, a supervisor of nuclear safety at Sandia National Laboratories, Jones says that “one simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe,” and concludes that “The MK 39 Mod 2 bomb did not possess adequate safety for the airborne alert role in the B-52.”[15] Schlosser writes that “The US government has consistently tried to withhold information from the American people in order to prevent questions being asked about our nuclear weapons policy,” he said. “We were told there was no possibility of these weapons accidentally detonating, yet here’s one that very nearly did.”[16]

    Wonder what the speech would have been if the last defence had failed?
    Admit the truth, blame the USSR?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_Goldsboro_B-52_crash

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