Dark Side of the Moon Update

“…In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.” —William Safire, excerpted from In the Event of Moon Disaster

Two days after the launch of the Apollo 11 rocket carrying astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins to the Moon, William Safire wrote a memo for President Nixon to read on television in the event that astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin were unable to return to Earth.

Eight short paragraphs followed by six lines of instructions detail the chilling reality of what was at stake for these brave men.

Thankfully this memo was never used.

Source: The National Archives

Source: The National Archives

Thanks to Letters of Note for finding and posting the Safire memo.

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  5 comments for “Dark Side of the Moon Update

  1. July 19, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Fascinating post, Allan…what could have been. We are so very fortunate that the Apollo 11 mission was a success, not only for the three brave astronauts who made it happen, but all the engineers and scientists at NASA who were also part of it. I just watched a NOVA show on PBS called “Man on the Moon” and it was excellent, with a lot of moon walk footage as well as many of Neil Armstrong’s friends and family recalling the event. We have a lot to celebrate with this 50th anniversary — thanks for sharing this memo that blissfully never had to be read.

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  2. January 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Chilling. I remember that time in our lives, only not as crisply as I’d like. 😉 Thinking back, we’ve been through so many changes, challenges, and incredible accomplishments. Mind boggling!


    • January 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Thanks for your comment. I can identify with being ‘less crispy’ and ‘more well-rounded’ these days.

      Sent from my iPhone



  3. hocuspocus13
    January 2, 2014 at 2:32 AM

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