“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” … These were the words of Neil Alden Armstrong, the first moon walker, when he descended on the golden satellite of our planet Earth. Moon has always been the subject of man’s fanciful imagination. Once considered as a metaphor for the unreachable; Moon was stepped upon by man on July 20, 1969. This event holds such massive historical importance for the entire mankind that each and every moment of it became famous. Therefore, there are several widely circulated iconic photographs that came out of this event.
Although Neil Armstrong was the first person to step on moon, but perhaps the most famous photograph from lunar landing of Apollo 11 is that of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the Lunar Module Pilot Apollo 11. The photograph was shot by Neil Armstrong. Aldrin posed standing on moon’s surface and his headgear reflected the photographer in front.
Then comes the famous first step on the moon. This photograph was taken by a camera attached to the outside of lunar module Eagle. The image is not very clear because the camera was a slow scan one. The photograph shows Armstrong climbing down a ladder and setting his foot on the lunar surface.
There is another very famous photograph that shows the boot print of Aldrin. Shooting of this picture was part of an experiment aimed at studying moon’s soil. This photograph was taken by Aldrin after about one hour of getting out of the lunar module.
These three famous photographs from the man’s first landing on moon clearly show us that humans can achieve the impossible. Only hard work and resolve is required.
By the way, do you know why parentheses are used around “a” in Neil Armstrong’s famous quotation ( That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind) ? The reason is that Neil was not sure whether he spoke “a” while stepping on to moon. The analysis of audio recordings have been inconclusive. Armstrong intended to say “a man” but was not sure if he really did. So, he preferred that while quoting his words “a” should be kept in parentheses.
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