While we want to be optimistic when facing a dangerous situation, we have to prepare for the worst. In 1969, that's exactly what speechwriter William Safire imagined when waiting for the Apollo 11 to land on the moon.
Safire penned a memo for President Nixon's Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman, in the event that the landing failed. Thankfully, the memo was never needed -- but it remains available for us to read.
The letter was shared on Reddit on Wednesday and received thousands of upvotes.
Credit: National Archives
The memo contains a speech for Nixon to read to the public should a "moon disaster" occur, such as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming stranded, thus not being able to return to Earth. Then, there is a plan for what would happen before and after the statement.
Prior, Nixon would call Armstrong and Aldrin's wives. After, NASA would end communications with the astronaut and a clergyman would come to give their last rites.
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