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Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:08 AM

Neil Armstrong's LAST words from the moon

Everyone remembers Neil Armstrong’s famous first words when he stepped onto the moon’s surface in 1969. But almost no one recalls his last words, spoken as he climbed back into his lunar module. On his way up the ladder, he made the enigmatic statement, “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!” Most people thought he was making some mysterious reference to someone in the Soviet space program, and reporters went haywire when, after lengthy investigation, they could find no cosmonaut or other space program official named Gorsky. Nor could they find anyone in the American space program by that name. NASA officials were equally baffled by the remark. For almost thirty years, the statement stood as an unsolve mystery of the historic Apollo 11 flight.

Then, after nearly three decades of silence about the matter, Neil Armstrong himself finally explained it. When he was growing up as a child in Wapakoneta, Ohio, his next-door neighbors were a couple named Gorsky. When Armstrong spoke up to reveal the answer to the mystery, both Mr. Gorsky and his wife had recently passed away, and Armstrong had waited until they were both deceased to spare them any embarrassment before he disclosed the explanantion.

One day, Neil and his younger brother were playing baseball in their back yard, when a ball sailed over Neil’s head and rolled into the Gorsky’s yard, just outside their bedroom window. Neil ran over to retrieve it, and as he stood under the window, he heard Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky arguing loudly inside. As he picked up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky: "Sex! You want sex?! You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

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Reply Neil Armstrong's LAST words from the moon (Original post)
lastlib Aug 2012 OP
Tobin S. Aug 2012 #1
edbermac Aug 2012 #2
Tobin S. Aug 2012 #3
Brother Buzz Aug 2012 #7
whistler162 Aug 2012 #4
sarge43 Aug 2012 #6
warrior1 Aug 2012 #5
rug Aug 2012 #8
TrogL Aug 2012 #13
rug Aug 2012 #14
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #9
HERVEPA Aug 2012 #10
Bucky Aug 2012 #11
nolabear Aug 2012 #12
Jeff In Milwaukee Aug 2012 #15

Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:14 AM

1. I guess that's kind of like serendipity

in reverse.

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:24 AM

2. Funny but it's not true, an urban legend

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Response to edbermac (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:29 AM

3. Ah

I thought that sounded kind of far fetched.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 01:08 PM

7. killjoy, you are

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:38 AM

4. It wasn't "Buzz, did you remember to shut off the gas

in the base?"

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:57 PM

6. No, it was "Buzz, are you sure the door is shut tight?" n/t

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 10:51 AM

5. funny

but an urban legend.

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:07 PM

8. The answer is in here.

 

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mission_trans/AS11_PAO.PDF

Page 337: EAGLE Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed. CAPCOM Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.

Page 382: ARMSTRONG I'm going to step off the LM now. ARMSTRONG That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.
ARMSTRONG As the -The surface is fineand powdery. I can -I can pick it up loosely, with my tIt does adhere in fine layers like powdered charcoal to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fractionof an inch. Maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads in the fine sandy particles. CAPCOM Neil, this is Houston. We're copying.

Somwhere further in are his last words standing on the moon. While I was looking I read Nixon's telephone call and got sick.


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Response to rug (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 12:18 PM

13. And we got about, I'd say, twenty pounds of carefully selected, if not documented, samples

pg. 410


The last thing said on the moon is apparently "50 blanks" whatever that means. Pg. 459 half way down

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Response to TrogL (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 12:29 PM

14. Thanks for digging!

 

This confirms to me that history is made of prose, not poetry.

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:13 PM

9. It was a "blow job", and it is still urban legend.

 

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 05:36 PM

10. And here's the song

 

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 05:53 PM

11. "Buzz, go back and get that shovel. Otherwise, they'll find Hoffa's body one day."

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 06:00 PM

12. My very favorite urban legend. Armstrong was asked about it many times I hear.

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Response to lastlib (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:02 PM

15. I thought it was, "Did I leave the curling iron on?"

No, wait. Those would be my wife's last words from the moon.

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