Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Maybe Armstrong didn't bungle the first sentence spoken from the moon? 

When Neil Armstrong became took the first human step on the moon, he had a carefully prepared line to speak: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Instead, what the world heard was the grammatically confusing: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Armstrong always insisted he said the "a", it was just that people didn't hear it...

But in 2006, a computer analysis found evidence that Armstrong said what he said he said.

Peter Shann Ford, an Australian computer programmer, ran a software analysis looking at sound waves and found a wave that would have been the missing "a." It lasted 35 milliseconds, much too quick to be heard.

Armstrong and experts at the Smithsonian Institution looked at the evidence and it was convincing, said Smithsonian space curator Roger Launius.

"I find the technology interesting and useful," Armstrong said in a statement. "I also find his conclusion persuasive."

And NASA stands by its moon man.

"If Neil Armstrong says there was an 'a,' then as far as we're concerned, there was 'a,'" NASA spokesman Michael Cabbage said.
The advance of science reveals the truth?

Or another govenment cover-up of its own mistakes?

You decide!