Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin today (Sunday) flew their fragile moonship Eagle to a gentle touchdown on the moon. "The Eagle has landed" mission control told the world.
MISSION CONTROL; MRS. ARMSTRONG QUESTIONED (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: EAGLE: "Okay engines stop..."
CONTROL: "We copy you down Eagle."
EAGLE: "Houston Tranquillity base here, the Eagle has landed."
CONTROL: "Roger Tranquillity we copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of boys that are about to turn blue with breathing again. Thanks a lot."
EAGLE: "One or two crater diameters around it....over a rock field to find a reasonably good area."
CONTROL: "Roger we copy it. It was beautiful from here Tranquility over."
EAGLE: "There doesn't appear to be too much colour at all. However it looks as though some of the rocks and boulders of which there are quite a few in the area looks as though they are going to have some interesting colours to them, over."
CONTROL: "Roger copy. Sounds good to us. Tranquillity, we'll let you press on through the simulated count down and we'll talk to you later over."
REPORTER: "Was there any special indentation today any special prayer something you can share with us that you had at the moment the touchdown came?"
MRS. ARMSTRONG: "No. We, we had said our prayers from the time they had separation. We knew it was ... all the way and I didn't say any extra special prayers at that time."
REPORTER: "I'm told that Neil was a very poor history student as a boy. Now he's made history. Are you going to encourage the two boys to become astronauts?"
MRS. ARMSTRONG: "No. I'm going to encourage the boys to do whatever they would like to do."
REPORTER: "What do you think they would like to do?"
MRS. ARMSTRONG: "That's completely up to them.
REPORTER: "Can you tell us what you will be doing tonight and from now on?"
MRS. ARMSTRONG: "I will be continuing to follow the flight and listening to their descriptions ex the moon probably reading them in the mission reports again and over and over and over again. I think it's fantastic and I'm just about as excited as you all are."
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Background: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin today (Sunday) flew their fragile moonship Eagle to a gentle touchdown on the moon. "The Eagle has landed" mission control told the world.
Mission central gave the historic touchdown time unofficially as 102 hours 45 minutes and 42 seconds into the moon mission.
The two Americans immediately started radioing back a description of the rugged terrain around them with the cool efficiency and lack of emotion which has marked the whole historic journey of Apollo II.