Sunday, October 28, 2007


"In Event of Moon Disaster"

"In Event of Moon Disaster" was a proposed speech drafted by presidential speechwriter William Safire. It was intended to be read by President Richard Nixon during the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969 had a catastrophe occurred that would have prevented Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin from leaving the surface of the Moon. It is considered a haunting glimpse of the worst-case scenario that could have made the historic landing a much more somber one. As the mission was successful and the astronauts returned safely, the speech was never used. It also never had to be adapted for any of the subsequent landings. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "In Event of Moon Disaster". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.

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