posted on Oct, 2 2006 @ 04:07 AM
The latest and most comprehensive computer aided analysis of the first words spoken by a human being while standing on the moon. Neil Armstrong's
iconic " one small step for a man , one giant leap for mankind ". Has according to Australian computer expert Peter Shann Ford , vindicated
In the glare of media attention after the fact , even Arstrong could not categorically state whether he did actually utter the vital "A" or miss it
, as casual listeners assumed he had .
HOUSTON (AP) - That's one small word for astronaut Neil Armstrong, one giant revision for grammar sticklers everywhere.
An Australian computer programmer says he found the missing ``a'' from Armstrong's famous first words from the moon in 1969, when the world heard
the phrase, ``That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.''
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I can predict that someone will dispute the methodology of this latest research , but does it really matter if it was said or not . Armstrong was
making history , not giving a formal speech in a competition , where every nuance is scored .
In the heat of the moment prepared lines are forgotten entirely , or substituted for other phrases of varying inappropriateness . President Reagan
once famously addresses Diana as “ princess David “
I was lucky enough to see the first transmission of Armstrong’s landing , and was so excited , and young that I did not even notice the “ mistake
“ , and still make far worse gaffes on a daily basis .
This will please some , and be seen as a whitewash by others . C`est la vie .
[edit on 2-10-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]