D’oh! Ten Goofs in Space
There are some situations even astronauts can't train for.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, November 2011
Perhaps the best known space gaffe was Neil Armstrong’s blown line as he stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” radioed the Apollo 11 commander. But without an “a” before “man,” the statement makes no sense. “Reasonable people will realize that I didn’t intentionally make an inane statement,” the astronaut told biographer James Hansen. “I would hope that history would grant me leeway for dropping the syllable.” Only the most blue-haired grammarians would refuse. The rest of us are more forgiving.