Following the celebration of the groundbreaking event, a series of documents have been revealed to show the backstory of the groundbreaking mission. While millions around the world celebrated the landing of the rover on the moon, Sky News has revealed a secret document that was prepared by the US Government in the event that the mission failed. If the mission failed, a special speech had been prepared for President Nixon to be read on television if the astronauts were lost in space.
In an extract from the President, the speech read: “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
“They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
“In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.”
According to the plans, if the mission failed, Mission Control was instructed to stop communicating with the astronauts.
The President would then telephone each of their respective wives before delivering the speech to the nation.
Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins remain will celebrate the event although the former spoke of his sadness at not being able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their mission with Neil Armstrong.
Mr Armstrong died in 2012 at the age of 82 which caused Mr Aldrin to be “deeply saddened” that he missed this year’s celebrations.
Speaking following Mr Armstrong’s death, his colleague wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, and space exploration companion, Neil Armstrong today.
“I had truly hoped that on July 20th, 2019, Neil, Mike and I would be standing together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our Moon landing, as we also anticipated the continued expansion of humanity into space, that our small mission helped make possible.
“Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit.”
Thanks to the efforts of the NASA team, the three astronauts were able to complete one of the most groundbreaking missions in mankind.
Mr Armstrong famously said: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”