Neil Armstrong led by NASA's historic Apollo 11 Moon landing 50 years ago this month, launched in space on July 16, 1969. Just four days later, on July 20, along with astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Armstrong would become the first man to the walk on the moon. But half-a-century ago when Armstrong, Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins waved to the public for a last time before launch, not all was as it seemed. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, an incredible 60 Minutes program on CBS from 2005 reveals how Commander Armstrong really felt the day.
Speaking at 60 Minutes' Ed Bradley in an incredibly rare interview, "The Reluctant hero "astronaut admitted his brave face was something of a lie
Asked about his display of confidence on the day, Armstrong:" Yeah, but it was a bit of a sham, I admit. , the reality is a lot of the time you get up there, get up in the cockpit and something goes wrong somewhere and you go back down
"So, actually, when you actually lift off it's a surprise." [1
And the three men were photographed on July 16 leaving the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with Commander Armstrong at the helm
The astronaut walked out onto the launch pad with a thumb bravely stuck in the air, as the astronauts waved their goodbyes
Armstrong and his crewmates then took a transport van to Launch Complex 39A where their spacecraft waited for them
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Then, at exactly 2.30pm BST (9.32am Eastern), Apollo 11 blasted off from Florida, US, and left the Earth for Space
Despite whatever uncertainty the astronaut might have had in those finals minutes before launch, NASA has remembered Commander Armstrong as "humble giant" and one of America's "greatest explorers."
Armstrong died at the age of 82 on August 27, 2012, following complications from cardiovascular procedures
Buzz Aldrin , who acc Armstrong the Moon's surface, recently revealed his heartbreak at not being able to celebrate the 50th Apollo 11 anniversary with his friend
Robert Behnken, then chief of NASA's Astronaut Office, said: "Neil Armstrong was a very personal inspiration to all of us in the astronaut office
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"Our historical step on Moon's surface was the foundation for many of our personal dreams to become astronauts
"The only thing that outshone his accomplishments was his humility about those accomplishments."
"We will miss him as a friend, mentor, explorer and ambassador for the American spirit of ingenuity. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin were recipients of the US Presidential Medal of Honor on their safe return to Earth on July 24, 1969.
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