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Old 10-03-2006, 02:51 PM  
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Software finds missing 'a' in Armstrong's moon quote

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/30/moo....ap/index.html

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- That's one small word for astronaut Neil Armstrong, one giant revision for grammar sticklers everywhere.

An Australian computer programmer says he found the missing "a" from Armstrong's famous first words from the moon in 1969, when the world heard the phrase, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The story was reported in Saturday's editions of the Houston Chronicle.

Some historians and critics have dogged Armstrong for not saying the more dramatic and grammatically correct, "One small step for a man ..." in the version he transmitted to NASA's Mission Control. Without the missing "a," Armstrong essentially said, "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind."

The famous astronaut has maintained he intended to say it properly and believes he did. Thanks to some high-tech sound-editing software, computer programmer Peter Shann Ford might have proved Armstrong right.

Ford said he downloaded the audio recording of Armstrong's words from a NASA Web site and analyzed the statement with software that allows disabled people to communicate through computers using their nerve impulses.

In a graphical representation of the famous phrase, Ford said he found evidence that the missing "a" was spoken and transmitted to NASA.

"I have reviewed the data and Peter Ford's analysis of it, and I find the technology interesting and useful," Armstrong said in a statement. "I also find his conclusion persuasive. Persuasive is the appropriate word."
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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Personally, I think it sounds better without the "a".

And I think it's funny that they say, "some historians and critics have dogged Armstrong..." HE WAS TAKING THE FIRST STEPS ON THE MOON! HE HAD OTHER THINGS ON HIS MIND!
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:56 PM   #3
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"I have reviewed the data and Peter Ford's analysis of it, and I find the technology interesting and useful," Armstrong said in a statement. "I also find his conclusion persuasive. Persuasive is the appropriate word."
Bob Dole believes he should have said, "Persuasive is an appropriate word."

"The" indicates that "persuasive" is the only possible appropriate word, and Bob Dole thinks the final determination should be left to mankind.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:56 PM   #4
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:58 PM   #5
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Personally, I think it sounds better without the "a".

And I think it's funny that they say, "some historians and critics have dogged Armstrong..." HE WAS TAKING THE FIRST STEPS ON THE MOON! HE HAD OTHER THINGS ON HIS MIND!
Which is why the whole argument is just silly.

Everyone with a lick of sense realizes that the whole thing was dubbed after the fact, and what he really said was "JESUS CHRIST IN A CHICKEN BASKET, I AM ON THE ****ING MOON!"
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:58 PM   #6
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:03 PM   #7
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:11 PM   #8
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Which is why the whole argument is just silly.

Everyone with a lick of sense realizes that the whole thing was dubbed after the fact, and what he really said was "JESUS CHRIST IN A CHICKEN BASKET, I AM ON THE ****ING MOON!"


Followed by, "...AND, HOLY SH*T! LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT MONSTER!!"
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:22 PM   #9
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you figure since they were in a hollywood studio they would get the cuecards correct
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:23 PM   #10
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you figure since they were in a hollywood studio they would get the cuecards correct
Don't make me go Buzz Aldrin on you.
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:23 PM   #11
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Followed by, "...AND, HOLY SH*T! LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT MONSTER!!"
With all due respect, Mr. Donger, I don't think they're allowed to unzip their space pants during a moon walk.

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Old 10-03-2006, 03:25 PM   #12
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This was actually discussed when John Roberts was nominated for the Supreme Court. I forget how it came up, but he said that he always knew there was a missing 'a' because otherwise the saying wouldn't make sense.
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