More than 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, NASA accomplished the seemingly impossible Apollo 11 mission to put the first two men on the moon. Armstrong made a story by jumping from the eagle moon land and uttering his legendary "one small step" speech to the millions of worried people looking back to Earth. The late astronaut became a sensation overnight after he buried the American flag on the moon's surface and put an end to the space race with the Soviet Union.
Aldrin, however, thought he had to be this man.
James Donovan reveals during his new book, Shoot for the Moon, that now the 89-year-old has lost his temper when trained, he will play second thought in the mission and decide to bring it to Armstrong.
He writes: “When Aldrin heard a rumor that Slayton had decided that Armstrong would be the first to walk on the moon, he was not happy.
"In addition, he has heard that Neal's civilian status is the reason for the choice ̵
Aldrin decided to stand against Armstrong for this.
"According to Aldrin, Neal settled down for a minute or so with coolness, I did not know that he had sai d, that the decision was quite historic and he did not want to exclude the possibility of going first. "
Mr. Donovan states that Aldrin made a desperate attempt to convince NASA chiefs that he was a better candidate for
He added:" Aldrin approached several other lunar module pilots and used diagrams, graphs and statistics to show why he and they should go out to the moon before other crews / "
" When he tried to discuss it with Mike Collins, Mike cut him off.
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"Aldrin will later say that this satisfies him. That was an ambiguity. a, he said,
The revelation comes after former NASA engineer Steve Biles admitted that there was something that kept him up at night for Apollo 11 during that same book.
While observing the position and speed of the lunar module, Mr. Biles came close to calling for an abortion when it became clear that a navigational error had occurred. Apollo 11 on Earth.
Mr. Donovan reveals: "The bad thing, or at least what keeps Biles up at night, is that after weeks of discussion, NASA has decided that GUIDO – in this case, Biles, has the power to abort during a descent to the lunar surface.
“Biles wanted this responsibility and none of the other flight controllers.
"GUIDO can now stop landing, even if it can be completed in certain circumstances.
"And if the abortion leads to a troublesome convocation – quite possibly as it would lead to a changed trajectory – it could lead to the two crews stuck in the LM with no chance of rescue.
“Biles didn't try to think what might happen. ”