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Colonel Jorgen
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#11 · Posted: 26 Aug 2012 11:30
If there is any man in the last hundred years who deserves to be remembered for all time, then Neil Armstrong is that man. R.I.P. to the Columbus of our times.
Shivam302001
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#12 · Posted: 23 May 2019 14:56 · Edited by: Shivam302001
I was recently going through the reviews of the Tintin and The Moon exhibition going on at ComicsCaixa Science Museum at Barcelona to commemorate 50 years of the Moon landing. A review drew parallels between Armstrong's and Tintin's first words as they respectively stepped on the Moon and which posed an interesting question.

I know it's a long shot, but does anyone know whether Armstrong ever read Tintin's adventures or at least knew about him? Because that would be pretty interesting.

I got to know that Hergé and Armstrong were aware of each other and even had a kind of contact with each other. So is it not possible that Armstrong would be aware of Tintin and his adventure to the Moon 15 years earlier?
jock123
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#13 · Posted: 23 May 2019 22:50
Shivam302001:
I know it's a long shot, but does anyone know whether Armstrong ever read Tintin's adventures or at least knew about him?

Well, as you go on to say, they certainly had contact with each other, and Hergé drew and dedicated a picture to him, so of course the answer must be yes.

Just when Mr Armstrong became aware of Hergé and his work I cannot say, but he might have seen a book, or one of the TV cartoons, or what have you.

Would it have been influential on the remarks he made when stepping onto the lunar surface? Impossible to rule it out, but highly unlikely.

There are two versions of the story of the, "One small step..." line, and how it came to be: one was that it just popped into his head spontaneously as he was stepping down. The other is that it was a line from a game he and his brother played as children ("Mother may I take one small step...?"). Neither involves reading a Tintin book, I am afraid...

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