Jesus fucking Christ, we’re on the Moon.

Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing back in 1969. I was only two at the time, but I seem to recall watching it on television in that weird way you remember things you were too young to recall because everyone you’ve ever known has told you about it so many times.

As I recall, it went something like this:

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s an accurate record of the first words ever said on the Moon.

6 thoughts on “Jesus fucking Christ, we’re on the Moon.

  1. Actually, just FYI, the VERY first words said upon landing on the moon were by Buzz Aldrin :- “Contact light! Okay, engine stop. ACA – out of detent.” Armstrong acknowledged “Out of detent” and Aldrin continued, “Mode control – both auto. Descent engine command override off. Engine arm – off. 413 is in.”

    Then and only then, did Armstrong say “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed!”

    Myth busted 😉

  2. Damn you, Old Phat Stu. This version of the landing is the only one that rings true to human sensibility. It’s my Myth, therefor it’s true for me. The difference between a myth and a religion is that YOUR OWN myth is a religion and everyone else’s is only a myth.

    😉 😆

    Peace.

  3. Just wait … one day a monolith will be found on the moon and the words “KILROY WAS HERE” will be written on it, proving once and for all that Neil Armstrong wasn’t the first human to walk on the moon.

  4. Every year since I’ve been on the internet, I see anniversary articles about the moon landing. Every year, I am reminded of a short story I read decades ago and mean to ask if anyone remembers it. Every year, I forget to do this.

    I can’t remember the title, the author, the length, nothing except the basic premise. It’s sort of a take-off on Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon”. It’s about the first men to land on the moon in the 1960’s, who are devastated to find that the aren’t really the first. They find an inscribed plaque dated 1865 or so, and the remains of the real pioneers, who basically followed through on Jules Verne’s premise and lived only long enough to place the marker.

    Pretty silly but a fun read anyway. Anyone else remember this story?

  5. Can’t say I’ve ever read it, Neil, but holy shit are there a lot of books about the Moon when you do a Google search for them. I couldn’t come up with a search that came close to finding the short story you were talking about.

  6. Neil, I remember the story, but I can’t say who wrote it and when. I suspect it was in an anthology at my grandmother’s house I read in the early sixties.

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