The Apollo Astronauts: In Their Own Words
May 19, 2012
Apollo 11That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind. Did Neil Armstrong say the "a" or didn't he? Judge for yourself when you listen to the original recording broadcast across the world on July 20, 1969. Apollo 12 Pete Conrad, the third astronaut to step onto the surface of the Moon, pokes a little fun at Neil Armstrong when he says, "Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me." Apollo 13 The calm and matter-of-fact conversation between the Apollo 13 crew and mission control (see the transcript here) when their No. 2 oxygen tank exploded belies the seriousness of the situation. Listen for the correct quote: "Houston, we've had a problem."