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A facet of the Cold War was the space race. The Apollo program was an aggressive push to put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, followed about 20 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin. An estimated 600 million people watched the moon landing. During the moonwalk, astronauts took photographs, gathered samples, set up scientific instruments, raised the flag, and received a phone call from President Nixon. Upon their splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, the astronauts met the President aboard the USS Hornet.
Telephone Conversation with the Apollo 11 Astronauts on the MoonJuly 20, 1969
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Listen to the call between President Nixon and astronaut Neil Armstrong on the moon.
Hello Neil and Buzz, I am talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House, and this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made from the White House.
I just can’t tell you how proud we all are of what you have done. For every American this has to be the proudest day of our lives, and for people all over the world I am sure that they, too, join with Americans in recognizing what an immense feat this is.
Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man’s world, and as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to earth.
For one priceless moment in the whole history of man all the people on this earth are truly one—one in their pride in what you have done and one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth.
ASTRONAUT ARMSTRONG. Thank you, Mr. President. It is a great honor and privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States, but men of peaceable nations, men with a vision for the future. It is an honor for us to be able to participate here today.
THE PRESIDENT. Thank you very much, and I look forward, all of us look forward, to seeing you on the Hornet on Thursday.
ASTRONAUT ARMSTRONG. Thank you. We look forward to that very much, sir.
Source: Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
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