‘One Small Step for Man’: Was Neil Armstrong Misquoted? – Yahoo! News

‘One Small Step for Man’: Was Neil Armstrong Misquoted? – Yahoo! News.

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Neil Armstrong Preparing for his historic flight

I guess he made a mistake. Does it matter ? Yes. Was is his fault ? Probably not. The line of course was scripted and rehearsed a hundred times. The people who wrote the script for the Moon Landing obviously made a mistake and were not professional English experts.

Upon taking a “small step” onto the surface of the moon in 1969, Neil Armstrong uttered what would become one of history’s most famous one-liners. But strangely, what he actually said is far from clear.

Listeners back on Earth heard, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But Armstrong, who died Saturday (Aug. 25) at the age of 82, maintained afterwards that he actually said something slightly different: “That’s one small step for man…”
“It’s just that people just didn’t hear [the ‘a’],” Armstrong told the press after the Apollo 11 mission.
That little indefinite article makes a big difference, semantically speaking. Without it, “man” abstractly represents all of humanity, just like “mankind.” Thus, the quote is essentially, ”That’s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind.”
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