Watch the Real Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Press Conference Featured in Ryan Gosling’s First Man
Ahead of this week’s release of First Man, the biographical film depicting Neil Armstrong‘s journey to the moon, a look back at the 1969 press conference that followed the historic event is a reminder of its groundbreaking significance.
Footage of the post-flight debriefing in Houston shows Armstrong seated with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, both of whom had also been aboard Apollo 11.
Taking questions from reporters following a lengthy recap of the mission, Armstrong described the moon as “a stark and strangely different place, but it looked friendly to me and it proved to be friendly.”
While his most famous words are undoubtedly, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong revealed it wasn’t purely spontaneous.
“Yes, I did think about it,” he told a reporter. “It was not extemporaneous, neither was it planned. It evolved during the conduct of the flight and I decided what the words would be while we were on the lunar surface just prior to leaving the land mass.”
In the new film adaptation set to hit theaters Thursday, Armstrong is played by Ryan Gosling and the story unfolds through his perspective, exploring the challenges and the accomplishments of the trip. It’s based on the 2005 book by the same title from James Hansen, a history professor at Alabama’s Auburn University.
Watch the clip above via Montherboard.
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