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7 Things You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

By Becky Ferreira Sep 6, 2012

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Nixon's Alternate Speech

At the time, no one could be 100% sure that Armstrong and Aldrin would make it back safely. So, Nixon had his speechwriter prepare an alternate address to the nation in the case of disaster. Of course, this is one speech no one wanted to hear and would have made the Moon a depressing nightly reminder.

Tags: science, slideshows, life, the moon, astronomy, nasa, space travel, neil armstrong

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