President Richard Nixon had a speech prepared in case things went wrong for the first men on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, according to Gizmodo. It went:
“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.”
I’ve probably said this before, but this was the greatest human achievement in history. So it’s frustrating to think that what I consider the most outstanding event of my lifetime happened 45 years ago.
C’mon, people. We’re now in the 21st century. We can do better. We already did.