The Chronicle -

By Dana Merryday
Chronicle contributor 

'Houston, the Eagle has landed'


July 18, 2019

Photo provided/NASA

Man on the Moon, July, 21, 1969.

Purists will complain that the title of this column is an abbreviation of the first words spoken from the moon's surface. I grant that claim and wish to point out that this condensation has become an idiom in our modern usage.

While Neil Armstrong's voice sounded calm and collected, his words were a verbal confirmation that the astronauts had in fact survived the landing.

What had led up to these historic words were a nail-biting few minutes as the Lunar Module, code-named Eagle, encountered numerous problems on its descent.

Astronauts Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin had noticed they wer...

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