He might well have died 40 years ago. Certainly the authorities were worried enough that this sobering speech was drafted for Richard Nixon...
IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown...
Read the whole thing here.
Thankfully, they came back with stories to tell, and photos to capture our imagination. To me, this picture is as captivating as any they took. It's not simply the wonders of space, but wondering at space that should make us stop and think.