The speech not needed

Roamy here.  I’m finishing up my series of posts by linking the speech William Safire wrote for President Nixon in case Apollo 11 ended in disaster. 

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.

RTWT here.  Makes me wonder if Neil and Buzz (and Michael Collins, for that matter) wrote letters to their wives in case they didn’t come back.

The astronauts know it’s dangerous, yet they go anyway.

Armstrong (on left) and Aldrin setting up the U.S. flag on the Moon.
Aldrin and some of the experiments set up on the moon. The center one, between Aldrin and the U.S. flag, is the Lunar Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector. It still works.