When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, the words we thought we heard were “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". And although it was a powerful moment, it was grammatically incorrect. Well, an Australian computer programmer says he’s found the missing “a” from Armstrong's first words from the Moon in 1969.
According to the Houston Chronicle, some historians and critics have dogged Armstrong for not saying the more dramatic and grammatically correct, "One small step for a man..." when he spoke to NASA's Mission Control. Because without the missing “a," Armstrong essentially said, "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind." Now, Armstrong himself has maintained he intended to say it properly, and believes that he did. Now, thanks to high-tech sound-editing software, Peter Ford might have proved Armstrong right.
Ford downloaded the audio recording of Armstrong's words from a NASA website, and analyzed it with software that allows disabled people to communicate through computers. Doing that, Ford says he found evidence that the missing “a" was spoken and transmitted to NASA. It just wasn’t audible enough to hear across 239-thousand miles of space and static. It might seem like a small thing – a little “a” floating around in space. But when Neil Armstrong took that small step, the whole world was watching. It’s nice to finally know that that breathtaking moment in history was also letter perfect.