What Nixon would have said if the first manned moon landing had failed

Aug 29, 2012 By Abraham 27

Two days before Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong stepped into the history books, presidential speech writer William Safire sent a memo to Nixon’s Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman. The dispatch contained prepared remarks for the president in case NASA’s mission failed and the astronauts were left stranded to die on the moon…

(via The Atlantic, Bits and Pieces)

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    1. Jessica says:

      If they never went their then how come we have a space station on the moon and a US flag there that is visible with a high powered telescope?

      Like wise if we never went to the moon then how come we’ve recently landed on Mars? Wouldn’t the moon be the first stop since it is MUCH closer then Mars?

      This is one of many ignorant responses that I’ve seen.

      1. Fred Willis says:

        Jessica – Have you not heard of Holographic Interstellar Laser Image Projection (HILIP)? They project those images from satellite to fool people. Like you.

        1. turtlegirl784 says:

          Yeah… “Holographic Interstellar Laser Image Projection” is soooo widely known about that a Google search for it (with quotes) yields a grand total of zero results. Searching for HILIP gets you just as far.

  1. Phil N. Guud says:

    Hollywood did a great job with the moon landing. My Uncle Jimmy truly thought it actually happened!!!!!

  2. Jay says:

    I wonder if the same idiots that think our going to the moon was a hoax, are the same people that belong to the Flat Earth Society.

  3. K says:

    Wow, that’s weird to read. Also, I can’t tell if some of the above comments about the moon landings being a hoax are trolling or if they actually believe that (sad either way).

  4. Jon says:

    Fortunately the people who believe the moon landings were a hoax don’t actually exist. They are a construct designed to create a false extreme to prompt a denial of conspiracy theories – thus denying the existence of the actual conspiracy which does of course exist. er…

    1. Zach says:

      Precisely. And where is the proof that they truly do not believe the landings happened? Anyone can SAY they don’t believe…

  5. Paperchaser says:

    Eep . . . “end communications with the men”? I hope that was a metaphor for when they die, and not just a “well, the president’s said his peice now, enjoy your last few hours in the void, boys . . .”

    1. Tom1969ca says:

      I don’t know if it was ever formally discussed at NASA, but rather than wait to die as the oxygen/food/water ran out I think the astronauts would have communicated one last time with their families, let the chaplain say his prayer … and then opened the hatch. Make it quick and get it over with…

    2. Kay A. Ess says:

      That freaked me out, too. Was the plan to let them die alone in space? I’d volunteer to talk to them until they breathed their last. No one should die alone. Although the “open the hatch” theory makes sense, too.

  6. Thrax says:

    I have to hand it to Mr Safire he has a way with words, if there was need of this it would have brought true emotion to the world. A very stirring speech!

  7. ken says:

    the moon landing was a hoax. In some of the pictures posted on nasa sights and google search I had zoomed in on the helmet of the astronaught and saw a guy with no helmet on taking a picture of the astronaught standing on the moon rover. Also in the pictures on the moon in the background there are not stars. In the background also you see the edge of the moon and in the helmet of the astronaught you can see the other end of the moon. It looks like the moon is only a block or two big. During the 1969 return home from the moon the astronaughts only had about 15 seconds of fuel left to return home. They would of never made it considering they used it all to get back to earth and with no fuel the spacecraft would of been caught in the gravitational pull in the earths outer hemasphere. Nasa admitted to a replica of the moons surface and a big facility replicating the moon and space at area 51 in nevada. This is where the landing really took place. Since there is no gravity in space it would not matter how much you weighed down the suits you would still float away with a couple steps. The spacecraft would had to be anchored down as well. We had a rover make it to mars because mars has a hemasphere and somewhat of an atmosphere so it would be easier to stay on the surface. There is no other photos of the flag not through any telescope. Yes we have been to space but when kennedy promised to have man on moon before the end of the 60s. then nixon took over after kennedys death. nixon felt to accomplish kennedys dream. in 1969 nixon had replicated the moons landing in area 51 because he simply could not accomplish kennedys dream before the end of the 60s. right now even google has a competition that several groups of 5 have the opportunity to build a craft capable of landing softly on the moon and deploy a rover capable of sending high def pictures and video and a craft and rover that can withstand the extreme cold. this is my theory and findings just doing a little research on the subject. i for 1 would like to attend the trip to mars in 2024 to establish a colony and produce breathable air.

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