Monday, October 02, 2006

First Words At Last

" As Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon in 1969, a global audience of 500 million people on Earth watched and listened. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” they heard him say as he dropped from his spacecraft to make the first human footprint on the lunar surface.

"But from the moment he said it, debate has raged over whether the Nasa astronaut might have fluffed his lines.

"Mr Armstrong has long insisted that he meant to say “one small step for a man . . .” — which would have been a more meaningful and grammatically correct version, free of tautology. But even the astronaut himself could not be sure.

"Now ,using high-tech sound analysis techniques, an Australian computer expert has rediscovered the missing “a” in Mr Armstrong’s famous quote. Peter Shann Ford ran the Nasa recording through sound-editing software and clearly picked up an acoustic wave from the word “a”, finding that Mr Armstrong spoke it at a rate of 35 milliseconds — ten times too fast for it to be audible." [h/t Drudge]


Also on the tape:

"Damn! Vodka bottles!"

2 comments:

The Krell said...

the more important question is... when are humans going BACk to the moon?

Christopher McLaughlin said...

but the more important kid's trivia question is: When was the last full moon? Answer: 1969... before the atronauts brought part of it back with them