Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to set foot on the moon over four decades ago, takes pride in his historic achievement.
During a rare public appearance in Sydney, Australia, Armstrong recalled the moment when he set foot on the moon’s surface on July 21, 1969.
He was participating in a seminar in Sydney to mark the 125th anniversary of the CPA Australia, one of the country’s professional accounting bodies. He highlighted the significance of teamwork to his audience and said risk taking during those days contrasted to today’s “risk management” culture.
Armstrong, 81, said he favoured establishing a permanent base on the moon for scientific research. He gave a dramatic account of maneuvering Apollo 11 manually over car—sized boulders and a 30—metre crater to a soft spot, which finally made him land on the moon’s surface.
He showed his audience two pieces of footage simultaneously — one shot from the cockpit of Apollo 11 and the other a recreation pieced together by Google Maps using images from subsequent space missions.
"No one else has ever seen what you are going to see tonight. It has allowed me to see the landing approach as I saw it 42 years ago,” the Telegraph quoted Armstrong, as saying.
He also paid tribute to Australians involved in the mission shot from tracking stations in several rural areas, some of whom were a part of the audience.