Moon Landing 

    Imagine calling someone on the moon! President Nixon did just that when he telephoned the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Listen to the call, look at photographs, and read letters to the President about the moon landing.

    Background

    A facet of the Cold War was the space race. The Apollo program was an aggressive push to put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s.

    On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, followed about 20 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin. An estimated 600 million people watched the moon landing. During the moonwalk, astronauts took photographs, gathered samples, set up scientific instruments, raised the flag, and received a phone call from President Nixon. Upon their splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, the astronauts met the President aboard the USS Hornet.

    Transcript

    Telephone Conversation with the Apollo 11 Astronauts on the Moon 

    July 20, 1969  

    P-690714 

    7/20/1969 

    1m:14s 252 words 

     

    Hello Neil and Buzz, I am talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White 

    House, and this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made from the 

    White House. 

     

    I just can't tell you how proud we all are of what you have done.  For every American 

    this has to be the proudest day of our lives, and for people all over the world I am sure 

    that they, too, join with Americans in recognizing what an immense feat this is. 

     

    Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man's world, and as 

    you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring 

    peace and tranquility to earth. 

     

    For one priceless moment in the whole history of man all the people on this earth are 

    truly one-one in their pride in what you have done and one in our prayers that you will 

    return safely to earth. 

     

    ASTRONAUT ARMSTRONG.  Thank you, Mr. President.  It is a great honor and 

    privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States, but men of peaceable 

    nations, men with a vision for the future.  It is an honor for us to be able to participate 

    here today. 

     

    THE PRESIDENT.  Thank you very much, and I look forward, all of us look forward, to 

    seeing you on the Hornet on Thursday. 

     

    ASTRONAUT ARMSTRONG.  Thank you.  We look forward to that very much, sir.

     

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