Neil Armstrong passed away on August 25th at the age of 82. Armstrong was, of course, the first man on the moon.

Check out a copy of the speech President Nixon was going to give if Neil Armstrong's moon landing had FAILED.

Here it is...and it's pretty creepy in retrospect:

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.

There's actually a lot more to this including some audio from William Safire on 'Meet The Press'. Click here for actual images of the speech and more.

Make sure you check out the part of the document right after the speech. It says that once the two astronaut's families had been informed, NASA would ask the men to 'close down communications', which meant they would be left to die slowly in space or to take their own lives.

Also, the minute that Mission Control in Houston had ceased communications, a clergyman was to commend their souls to 'the deepest of the deep' in the manner of a burial at sea.


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