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Fun Fact July 20, 2020.

20 July 2020


Was Neil Armstrong misquoted?  It was on this day in 1969 that Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  A little over six hours after landing, mission Commander Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar module and became the first human to make a footprint on the moon.  As he moved from the last rung of the ladder onto the moon surface he uttered these words; “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Or did he?  According to Armstrong, what he was actually said was “that is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”  The quality of the NASA recordings was such that a definitive answer could not be found, that is until 2006, when a computer programmer named Peter Shann downloaded the audio and ran it through a program used by disabled people to communicate via a computer.  Sure enough, there was a 35 millisecond bump in the audio between the word for and man that suggests the indefinite article “a” was in fact there.  The bump in audio was too short for the human ear to hear, but not too short for a computer to catch.  Any way you look at it,  the moon landing was a tremendous leap for mankind.