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Neil Armstrong Lied? Claim By Brother Dean Defies History [Exclusive]

Neil Armstrong Lied? Claim By Brother Dean Defies History [Exclusive]

Neil Armstrong lied about how he conceived the famous moon landing quote, according to his brother Dean Armstrong. Neil Armstrong originally said that his famous quote — that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind — was conceived in transit to the moon, but now it’s being said that the quote actually originated back on Earth months prior to the launch.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this is what Dean Armstrong says really happened:

“Before he went to the Cape, he invited me down to spend a little time with him. He said ‘why don’t you and I, once the boys go to bed, why don’t we play a game of Risk. I said I’d enjoy that. We started playing Risk and then he slipped me a piece of paper and said ‘read that’. I did. On that piece of paper there was ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. He says ‘what do you think about that?’ I said ‘fabulous’. He said ‘I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it’. It was ‘that is one small step for A man.”

The claim that Neil Armstrong lied is a pretty strong one, and it seems to conflict with certain historical facts. According to The Economist, the original plan called for Buzz Aldrin to take the first step onto the moon. But due to the physical positioning of the astronauts inside the compact lunar landing module, it was easier for the commander, Neil Armstrong, to be the first to exit the spacecraft and set foot on the moon. So why would Neil Armstrong have created a speech ready for being first to step on the moon?

It’s possible that Neil Armstrong purposefully set up the scenario where Buzz Aldrin would have been forced to clamber over him in order to exit the moon lander first. But if this had been the case, Neil probably would have bragged about it to someone over the long years and the story would have surfaced eventually.

The other and more likely possibility is that Neil did know for certain he was going to be one of two to be walking on the surface of the moon. In this scenario, Neil Armstrong lied still, but he may have prepared the quote in advance without realizing he would be accidentally given the opportunity to be first on the moon’s surface.

The remaining possibility is that Neil Armstrong is not the person who lied. I talked to retired Apollo space worker Charles T. Reece who was the spacecraft inspector during the entire Apollo program and who knew all the astronauts personally. After the astronauts returned to earth, Mr. Reece was the person who gave them a helping hand out of the return capsule floating in the ocean. Mr. Reece went onto become a manager during the space shuttle program and retired in the 1990’s.

Mr. Reece believes that Dean Armstrong is jealous of his brother and says that “it is incredible that his brother would come in at this point and put a cloud over his brother’s statement.” In fact, even if what Dean says is true, Mr. Reece insists that it’s “actually more intelligent to plan in advance by writing a prepared a statement.” According to him, the quote by Neil Armstrong was a strong philosophical statement that will stand the test of time despite any controversies over how it may have been conceived.

In addition, “the idea that Buzz Aldrin was supposed to be first is not true at all.” NASA had planned and designated Neil Armstrong well in advance to be first to step on the moon from the outset. Buzz Aldrin accepted that and knew that, and he was supposed to be monitoring communications as Neil Armstrong stepped down. So there was nothing haphazard like the seating plan accidentally causing Neil to be the first to step on the moon.

Another interesting bit of history is that, at one point, there was discussion by some activists in Washington of planting an United Nations flag on the moon instead of the American flag. A few days before the flight, Mr. Reece was on the swing arm of the White Room and people were discussing the United Nations flag idea. Neil Armstrong responded to this controversy by saying, “We either put the American flag on the moon or I’m not going.” Neil actually thought it was a joke that anyone would consider this action seriously.

Mr. Reece is “astounded” that Neil’s brother Dean would claim that Neil Armstrong lied. His reaction was actually stronger than just that, but we laughingly agreed that Mr. Reece’s further wording could not be printed in this case. He speculates that, since Neil was famous as a fighter pilot long before, it’s possible that brotherly jealousy is what drove this sudden revelation. What do you think about the claim that Neil Armstrong lied?

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24 Responses to “Neil Armstrong Lied? Claim By Brother Dean Defies History [Exclusive]”

  1. Ken Rowsam

    What actually happened was at a cookout late in life Neil shared with a friend that what he really said was " this is 1 small step for man, and 1 giant leap for Matt Klein". Matt and Sally Klein lived next door. Long before we even thought seriously about going to the moon,
    at a dinner party at Neil's house the dinner conversation eventually turned to sex and later oral sex. At that point Sally left the table saying " I'll do that when a man walks on the Moon".

  2. David Curcione

    1Thoses Were Real Pictures Taken From The Camera in outer Space during the Day of july 20th 1969 A.D too To america Space Men on the Apollo, 11 Mission too! Landing Mudual Space Craft was Real in the Plotograph was Real Photos From the Cameria Taking thoses Real pictures is not a Lie It was Truth is in the World News on Chennel 7 on T.V. in New Jeresey at the Same Time too! True The Fac ts is real Pictures from the First Moon landing not a Lie at all true!

  3. Rebecca Spradley

    Well, it looks like somebody alerted the media… for this non story.

  4. Alan Kahn

    No amount of Brother rivalry or jealousy will stain the legacy of Neil Armstrong. He flew to the moon, landed and stepped on the surface, numero uno. Apparently that still haunts his brothers dreams.

  5. Mel Kimlinger

    I was 15 in July 69 and never heard it was an ad lib, I always assumed it was well planned when I heard it live. What a day it was.

  6. John Fiore

    Unreal that Dean would come out with this statement about his brother and hero Neil. What is to gain by this? Actions Dean, speak louder than your words. JF Virginia

  7. Doyle Smith

    Some High School boy's never grow up. Example! Ken Rowsam. You can raise your shades now Ken and let the sun shine in. I think what Ken was attempting to say, but unable to put in a grown up form, was this is a none story.

  8. Karen Hill

    RESEARCH, PEOPLE! Per an article in the Observer, "When Armstrong returned from space, he claimed he had been misquoted and the tiny word "a" had been omitted from the offical version of the mission transcript.

    Nasa claimed that the word was unheard and unrecorded in the transmission because of static.

    The omission of the word changed the meaning of the phrase entirely, taking it beyond a statement from one individual and turning it into a universal statement.

    News reporters at the time listened again to the raw footage and agreed it was unclear whether Armstrong had actually said "a man" or "man". Realising that it was set to be one of the most important quotes in history, they decided to unanimously settle on one version, which was sent out across the world.

    However, the New York Times claimed Armstrong's quote could be heard clearly in the recording and concluded that he simply had messed up his line.

    In the years following the moon landing, Armstrong apparently accepted that he had fluffed the line when presented with a plaque bearing the famous quote.

    According to the authors of the 1986 book Chariots for Fire, the astronaut tried to argue it omitted the word "a" but after hearing a recording of the flight he admitted: "Damn I really did it. I blew the first words on the moon, didn't I?"

  9. David Wooten

    Shortly before the Apollo 11 mission, Esquire magazine published a front-cover story of famous event/quotations like 'What hath God wrought?", which poked fun of astronauts who used expressions like 'man-o-man' and 'wow'. Armstrong may have seen this story and decided to say something a little more profound. As to the quote being thought of after the landing, he may have had several in mind and chose that one at the last minute.

    1969 Esquire Cover:

  10. Jessica A. Eaton

    So he waits 40+ years to reveal this to the world? Why? Oh…wait, Neil has passed and can't refute it. Real classy move trying to mar your brother's legacy. Well…enjoy your 15 mins of fame….Kim Kardashian's baby bump will knock ya off the internet soon enough.

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