Read The Chilling Apollo 11 Failure Speech Richard Nixon Had Prepared

Apollo 11 was a resounding success from start to finish. From the minute the rocket left the pad through to landing on the moon and right back down to Earth, it was a day etched in human history forever. Safety wasn't always guaranteed, though, as evidenced by this condolence speech then-President Richard Nixon had prepared in case everything went sideways.

The speech was meant to console a nation that was coming to terms with the fact that two astronauts, Buzz Aldrin and the late, great Neil Armstrong, had been left on the moon to die with no hope of recovery following a failure with the Lunar module.

The Daily brings us the speech in full:

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. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown. In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one: in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

It's a chilling speech that was thankfully never needed. If you go back and read that in the comic Nixon voice from Futurama it sounds more upbeat, I promise. [The Daily via CNET]


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    Personal feelings for the guy aside, this is a touching and chilling speech.

    "They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown."

    Goosebumps.

      You know he wouldn't have had any part in writing it.

        Yeah no shit. Still doesn't make it any less chilling though.

          Didn't say it did. But OP said 'personal feelings for that guy aside', seeming to imply that Nixon wrote it. Was just saying is all. Not sure if 'no s*%t' was called for.

      Yeah, very touching and chilling speech from a White House-appointed speech-writer.

      "Personal feelings for the guy" should have nothing to do with it since someone else's words are simply coming from his flabby, pasty mouth (riddled with phlebitis). ArroooO!

    Wow! That is right up there with "... we shall fight them on the beaches..."

      And not one mention of God either!

    Nice words by whoever wrote it..

      Except the bit at the end where it rips off Rupert Brooke's poem "The Soldier": "...some corner of another world that is forever mankind."!

    If the passing of Neil causes you to stop and pause for a moment, head to itunes and search for the song Armstrong by Reg Lindsay. You can listen to the sample... it may be old and a country song but it's a great one for a great man. They should play it at his funeral.

    I wonder whether they would have had an option on how they "expired"? Was there an assisted option or were they just going to wait until the oxygen ran out?

      I think I remember reading somewhere that they had cyanide pills if it came to that. After Nixon made his address, a priest would go through the same procedure as for a burial at sea, and then ground control would simply end radio contact. Then it would've been up to Armstrong and Aldrin as to how they wanted to go.

    Oooooh man, I got serious chills reading that. It's like peering into an alternate universe.

    Thankfully it never came to that.

    Complete with the trademark "Aroooooo" at the end

    All 3 of the Apollo 11 astronauts outlived Nixon. Last laugh!

      Thats because they were young men and he wasn't. And it's not like he wanted them to die so why the "last laugh"?

    Note how the words 'fate' and 'mother earth' are used to absolve the people that fucked up of responsibility if anything went wrong.

    What about the possibility of Collins also dying, was there a third speech prepared?

      James Lovell already proved that you could return from orbit around the moon.

    Very Chilling, and yes, reading it as the head of Nixon just made me miss the headless body of Agnew.
    Arroo

    Cracked had an article on this YEARS ago

    Just saying...

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