Allegedly, Neil Armstrong lied about his iconic speech on the Apollo lunar mission with Buzz Aldrin. The first man on the moon may have flubbed the "one small step" speech, but his brother said the famous words were not spontaneous as the astronaut claimed.
In a Jan. 1 report Daily Mail discussed the origins of the historic speech uttered on the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission. However, newly-surfaced information suggests Armstrong may have lied about words firmly etched in history.
Armstrong's brother, Dean, appears in a documentary months after Neil's death in 2012. He recalls months before the lunar mission when his brother asked for his advice on a speech he prepared. Apparently, Armstrong was preparing for the moment he would make history.
In the film, "Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon," Dean shared this:
"He says, 'What do you think about that?'
"I said 'fabulous'. He said 'I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it.'"
And when Armstrong lowered himself down the lunar ladder towards the moon's dusty surface, the world heard these words:
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
However, Armstrong insists that "a man" was obviously not heard due to static and limitations of technology of the time. Had Neil Armstrong lied about the whole thing and the hallowed speech has new meaning because it obviously didn't mean what the astronaut meant?
Not exactly; the speech has been the subject of debate for decades. While his brother adds new light on the renewed debate, it does nothing to change the history the two astronauts made.
Despite listening to the recording closely in 1999, Armstrong admitted that he could not hear the "a," but insisted it may have been due to static.
However, in 2006, a computer expert analyzed the recording and supported Armstrong's claims. Furthermore, NASA stood by his story and that, arguably, put an end to the historic bickering.
Still, there are some who still maintain that Neil Armstrong lied about the speech being thought of at the moment he stepped on the moon. Imagine that? No matter; Armstrong is still an American hero deserving of his moment in history.