“Amiable Strangers”

Three distinct personalities, one goal: reach the moon.


Eve of the Mission


The picture of confidence on the eve of their lunar mission, Armstrong and Aldrin relax over dinner in the crew quarters at the Kennedy Space Center, July 15, 1969. A few days before launch, as chronicled in Armstrong’s biography First Man, Chris Kraft, director of flight operations, asked the mission commander, “What can we do? Is there anything we’ve missed?” “No, Chris, we’re ready,” Armstrong replied. “It’s all done except the countdown.” “He was right,” Kraft said. “If there was anything undone, none of us could say what it was….We had come to this last point, and for a moment I felt my legs shake.”

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