NPR's Robert Krulwich (one of the greatest science journalists ever IMO, and a personal hero of mine) writes about the day he received an email from the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. Krulwich wondered, "How come they walked such a modest distance? Less than a hundred yards from their lander?" And Armstrong basically answered that they were "part of a team and we were team players on a perilous, one-of-a-kind journey. Improvisation was not really an option." But Krulwich adds, "I kinda think he wanted to do more, go further. Anyway, read for yourself." (via Steve Silberman)

4 Responses to “When Neil Armstrong emailed Robert Krulwich”

  1. lavardera says:

    Very useful to this post is this graphic analyzing the area covered during the Apollo11 moonwalks compared to the scale of a baseball diamond:

    http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11_traverse_baseball.jpg

  2. royaltrux says:

    It was the first one, they were cautious. The next team did two EVAs and stayed out longer, walked further etc. For Apollo 11, the goal was to do just what Kennedy promised, get back alive and if they get a few rocks that’s great.

  3. Paul Renault says:

    If you Google-Earth over to the Moon and hunt around, you can find the Street-level view of the site.

  4. Lynn Jones says:

    Robert Krulwich is such an amazing broadcaster!

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