Do you know the second sentence said on the moon?

Everybody knows the first sentence said on the moon. But do you know the second?

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” That wasn’t all he said—these were his first words after his most famous line:

The surface is fine and powdery.

It makes sense—Armstrong had just taken a step, after all, so his first notes were about the lunar soil. “I can pick it up loosely with my toe,” he continued. “It does adhere in fine layers.”

Before Armstrong stepped off the ladder and onto the moon, most of the chatter focused on whether the camera had a clear picture or not. Fortunately, it did.

Thanks to NASA, it’s easy to read the full transcript of the Apollo 11 flight and search for less-than-epic lines about the historic mission.

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