Sunday, April 17, 2005

"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."

Fascinating example of alternate history; Richard Nixon's draft speech informing the nation that the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission has been lost with all hands. Oddly, it parodies/rips off Rupert Brooke's The Soldier;

"That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England"

Curious. Fields have corners: planetoids don't, Dick.

Addendum: Fascinatingly, the astronauts weren't supplied with cyanide capsules to kill themselves in case they got stuck on the moon - the scientists reasoned that a much quicker suicide was simply to take their helmets off!

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