It was spontaneous. His brother now reveals that the astronaut wrote “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” before leaving for Cape Canaveral.
From “Rome does not pay traitors” who sealed the lives of Lusitanian leader Viriato betrayers to “return and be millions” falsely attributed to Eva Peron, history (and fiction) are full of quotations and apocryphal repeated until ad nauseam, although the course architect has ever uttered.
The case of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong , is a slightly more complicated variant of these mythical powers. For decades, Armstrong had discussed whether or not an indefinite article in his famous phrase “a small step for (a) man, a giant leap for mankind” A program issued by the BBC on Sunday Any thoughts have a definitive answer to the riddle.
In English the absence of the indefinite article “a” suggests that Armstrong was referring to humanity as a whole (man) while their presence indicated that he (a man) was taking a small step on the moon physical but that step meant a giant leap for mankind. Armstrong, who died three months ago at age 83 , always maintained that he had included the blessed indefinite article, although even admitted in 1999 that he could not hear in the recording, which he attributed to static problem.
Things for the world were divided between those who thought that the historic moment arrived that July 21, 1969, Armstrong had become nervous and could not pronounce his famous phrase and those seeking a hidden meaning in that ‘a’ pointed out that the nature of the event fabulous. A second branch of the debate was whether the phrase Armstrong had prepared or if it itself almost given away by the extraordinary nature of what I was living, as he had stated.
I wrote before going to Cape Canaveral
The BBC, which is based on a series of new interviews and other little-known Armstrong’s family, makes clear that the astronaut had prepared what he would say and that his sentence included the blessed indefinite article. Dean Armstrong account in the program that his brother Neil gave him a paper on which was written the famous phrase one night shortly before the Apollo 11 crew departed Cape Canaveral for the months of preparatory training.
Interestingly, according to Dean in the role was not written the indefinite article, but when he read it aloud, Neil blessed corrected particle putting in place. According to Dr. Christopher Riley, professor of science and media at the University of Lincol, program director, the phrase could have a family background. “Neil always played the game” Mother may I “(Mother I can I …) and he always added to the beginning of phrase” take one small step “(… a small step),” says Riley.
In the program the family reveals that after giving this troubled “small step”, Armstrong was dominated by anxiety and a feeling that all I could do in life had already happened. Their son, Mark, suggests that their obsession with work, which cost him his first marriage, had to do with the “passage”. “It was an impossible ambition.How would I be able to compete with the first man who had stepped on another planet? “Explained Mark.