lunes, 20 de julio de 2009
Today the World celebrates this important accomplishment for the mankind. President Obama has honoured the astronauts of Apollo 11. We can see them on the picture.
The man hasn’t returned to the Moon since 1972, but there is the hope to go back there by the end of this decade and also to Mars, the red planet.
Do you want to know what Armstrong said just after landing on the Moon? Here is part of the conversation.
“Armstrong: I'm at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained, as you get close to it. It's almost like a powder. (The) ground mass is very fine. (Pause)
Armstrong: I'm going to step off the LM now. (Long Pause)
Armstrong: That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind. (Long Pause)
Armstrong: Yes, the surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine layers, like powdered charcoal, to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads in the fine, sandy particles.”
Here you have the transcript of the conversation after the landing: