Though most of the box-office attention has been on future-set space stories like The Martian, Hollywood is also aiming to mine our fertile space history for a story or two — and the latest might have just found its star.
Neil Armstrong, the man whose name became synonymous with the word "astronaut" when he was crowned a national hero as the first human to ever set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, died Saturday in the Cincinnati area. He was 82.
Ever wondered what President Nixon would have said if Armstrong and Aldrin had been stranded on the lunar surface? Here's William Safire's somber, original typewritten message to be read to the American public in the event of their deaths.
Thanks to that one small step back in the summer of '69, the name Neil Armstrong is now synonymous with American space exploration. Armstrong is still a household name because of Apollo 11, but the man himself says he thought the odds were 50/50 that he'd ever actually touch the moon during the mission.
Fearing the worst possible outcome of the first lunar landing mission—that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would be marooned on the Moon—presidential speechwriter William Safire wrote a memo detailing what President Nixon should say to a grieving nation.
If you were thinking that the least believable thing about the Transformers 3 teaser trailer released Wednesday was the existence of robot aliens on the Moon, you'd be wrong. According to first man on the Moon Neil Armstrong, the real flaw in the film's fictionalized lunar landing is far more down to Earth.