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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 12:05 PM
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Pic of letter written in case Apollo moon landing failed and astronauts died


Both sides in the 1960s race to space knew these missions were dangerous. We sometimes forget how dangerous. In January of that same year, 1967, Americans Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died in a fire inside an Apollo capsule.

Two years later, when Americans landed on the moon, the Nixon White House had a just-in-case statement, prepared by speechwriter William Safire, announcing the death of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, had they been marooned or killed. Death was not unexpected.



http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/03/18/134597833/...
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mb7588a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 12:11 PM
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1. speeches never given
I'm guessing the National Archives has a treasure trove of speeches never given and letters never sent. White House writers have been creating these "alternate ending" contingencies for decades. I'd love to see an exhibit of that.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 12:33 PM
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4. That would be fascinating. When I first saw Ike's alternate D-Day letter...
years ago I wondered how much of this stuff is floating around out there.
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 12:18 PM
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2. Ike had a statement ready in case he had to
pull the plug on the D-Day invasion after it started.

'Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.'

Ike found it in his wallet about a month after the landings. I imagine this is fairly common for politicians so they aren't caught flat-footed by events.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 12:19 PM
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3. wow
that gave me goosebumps
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 05:27 PM
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5. Some in American gov't were concerned that Soviets would plan a one-way Moon trip ...
because it would be easier/faster to develop the technology for a one-way trip. Observers on Earth would confirm that radio transmissions did indeed come from the Moon, and cosmonauts could beam back video and data to prove they had really landed. The return to Earth would then be faked, and Soviets would score a huge coup in terms of international prestige.
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DefenseLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 05:56 PM
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6. Interesting how secular it is.
Edited on Fri Mar-18-11 05:56 PM by DefenseLawyer
Other than the details about the funeral procedure, not one mention of God's will or heaven or anything. I can't imagine any politician giving such a speech today without invoking religion or God.
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