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Neil Armstrong gives rare interview

2012-05-24 12:35

Sydney - The famously private Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has been coaxed into giving a rare interview - with an Australian accountant.

The 82-year-old has long been reluctant to discuss the 1969 mission that enthralled the world, and has granted only a handful of interviews since.

But the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia convinced him to film an hour-long one-on-one in which he talks about the landing and his famous first steps on the moon.

"A month before the launch of Apollo 11, we decided we were confident enough we could try and attempt... a descent to the surface," said Armstrong in the video which appeared on the CPA website this week after the interview in 2011.

"I thought we had a 90% chance of getting back safely to Earth on that flight but only a 50-50 chance of making a landing on that first attempt."

CPA head Alex Malley said he suggested the idea to the space veteran when he was in Australia last year helping the organisation with its 125th anniversary, and he agreed.

"I know something not a lot of people know about Neil Armstrong - his dad was an auditor," Malley told News Limited newspapers.

"The most compelling thing I felt about him was his humility - his commitment to his team, his deference to everyone except himself, his respect for the Russians - I found that quite extraordinary."

Comments
  • Stephen - 2012-05-24 14:08

    I can still remember those famous words "one small man with a giant, steps backwards for mankind"

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-08-25 22:19

      Thats nice, not quite brain dead grandpa

      gershon.hutchinson - 2012-08-26 01:06

      Moon landing was faked. Only fools believe in Santa, moon landing, big foot... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHtRDJQ0KiE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtt1aTNejmo He should have told the truth...

  • David - 2012-05-24 15:39

    The most famous of Neil Armstrong's words have been lost in history. It is said that during one of his much earlier interviews he stated that he actually shouted 'go Goldberg go!' when asked what this meant, he explained that growing up in a poor area of NY, he had the Goldbergs living next door to him. The walls were very thin and every night he heard old man Goldberg begging his wife for a blowjob. All she would ever say was 'not until man first walks on the moon...'

      scott.kirby.752 - 2012-05-24 16:58

      Fraid to burst ur bubble but this is a myth and Armstrong has denied it several times... what he actually said was, "One small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind." The "a" got lost in transmission but seem to remember some audio techs managed to recover it from the noise a few years back. These were the words spoken as the lander touched down:- Aldrin: Contact Light. Armstrong (on-board): Shutdown. Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop. Aldrin: ACA out of Detent. Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto. Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in. Armstrong: Engine arm is off. (Pause) Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. Aldrin: Thank you

  • Tiny - 2012-05-24 21:04

    Did they really land on the moon then??????????????????????

      Preshen - 2012-05-25 08:25

      MJ was the first to walk on the moon

  • Bruce - 2012-05-25 13:53

    I sat glued to the radio!

  • Bruce - 2012-05-25 13:54

    How about a survey: Where were you when?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-25 22:31

      in my living room watching the bokke losing against Argentina....

      jacques.joubert.swart - 2012-08-26 01:53

      Henk, what a twit. Jeepers.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-25 22:29

    To infinity and beyond......

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