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Did Neil Armstrong really say, 'That's one small step for a man'?
Did Neil Armstrong really say, 'That's one small step for a man'?

Neil Armstrong’s most famous line – “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” uttered after becoming the first person to set foot on the moon – contained one small error that became one giant annoyance to the NASA astronaut. As Armstrong himself pointed out many times, the sentence is meaningful only if he says, “That’s one small step for a man.” He insisted that’s what he said on July 20, 1969 – otherwise, there’s no distinction between a single individual and all of humanity. "I think that reasonable people will realize that I didn't intentionally make an inane statement and that...

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