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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
After descending the ladder onto the lunar surface, Armstrong uttered his historic words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Armstrong would later claim, “‘That’s one small step for ‘a’ man. ‘ It’s just that people just didn’t hear it.”)
The saying was first made popular when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon for the first time alongside Buzz Aldrin. He said, “The Eagle has landed,” to tell NASA Mission Control Center that the pair had made a safe trip to the moon on July 20, 1969.
At T+68, the CAPCOM Richard O. Covey informed the crew that they were “go at throttle up”, and Commander Dick Scobee confirmed, “Roger, go at throttle up”; this was the last communication from Challenger on the air-to-ground loop.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster was a fatal incident in the United States space program that occurred on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) disintegrated as it reentered the atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
The seven astronauts aboard the doomed space shuttle Columbia are likely to have known they were going to die for between 60 and 90 seconds before the craft broke apart, Nasa officials said yesterday.
The remains of all seven astronauts who were killed in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy have been recovered, US officials said last night. The shuttle was travelling at 18 times the speed of sound, 39 miles above Texas, when disaster struck.
On Feb. 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia broke up as it returned to Earth, killing the seven astronauts on board. An investigation board determined that a large piece of foam fell from the shuttle’s external tank and breached the spacecraft wing.