R.I.P.

 

“A month before the launch of Apollo 11, we decided we were confident enough we could try and attempt on a descent to the surface,  I thought we had a 90% chance of getting back safely to Earth on that flight but only a 50-50 chance of making a landing on that first attempt. There are so many unknowns on that descent from lunar orbit down to the surface that had not been demonstrated yet by testing and there was a big chance that there was something in there we didn’t understand properly and we had to abort and come back to Earth without landing.”

“Not a good place to land at all, I took it over manually and flew it like a helicopter out to the west direction, took it to a smoother area without so many rocks and found a level area and was able to get it down there before we ran out of fuel. There was something like 20 seconds of fuel left.”

“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Neil Armstrong

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