ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Neil Armstrong lied about his “one small step line”, claims a news special today. Neil Armstrong lied about the origin of the line, claims his brother Dean Armstrong, in a news interview for a BBC special entitled “Neil Armstrong — First Man on the Moon.” Neil Armstrong had always told news that the line was improvised. But Dean Armstrong now tells news that the expression was allegedly drafted, and rehearsed, months before the trip to the moon.
While debate still looms about what was actually said during the 1969 transmission, a news interview this week will contradictory Neil Armstrong’s own accounts about the origin of the “one small step line”.
BBC documentary’s director, Christopher Riley, sat down recently with Dean Armstrong. Following the death of Neil Armstrong in August 2012, questions surrounded the origin of the “one small step line” expression. But in the BBC Two news special airing this week, Dean says that the line allegedly was not spontaneously created by Neil on the moon. Rather Dean claims the line was scripted and rehearsed months earlier by Neil Armstrong back on earth.
“He says, ‘What do you think about that?’ I said ‘fabulous.’ He said ‘I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it,'” Dean tells BBC tonight.
Neil’s own account of the line is contrary too that of Dean’s allegations. Neil detailed the line’s origins to his biographer James Hansen in his 2005 biography. In “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong”, Neil Armstrong told news that “Once on the surface and realizing that the moment was at hand, fortunately I had some hours to think about it after getting there. My own view was that it was a very simplistic statement: what can you say when you step off of something? Well, something about a step.” He added “It just sort of evolved during the period that I was doing the procedures of the practice takeoff and the EVA prep and all the other activities that were on our flight schedule at the time. I didn’t think it was particularly important, but other people obviously did. Even so, I have never thought that I picked a particularly enlightening statement. It was a very simple statement.”