@PearsonArtPhoto has thoughtfully assembled a video of the words of each of the 12 Apollo astronauts when they stepped on the moon. In written text, what were they?

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    $\begingroup$ This is very close to a "do my homework for me" question. $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 6:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Hobbes: PearsonArtPhoto did the actual work. Should he write an answer, he will earn the reputation from it. Do you want me to write the answer instead? I don't feel it's ethical for me to take credit for his work. $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 6:56

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These are the first words of the 12 astronauts when they physically step on the moon. Not when they are descending on the ladder or on the footpad.

Apollo 11

Neil Armstrong, CDR: "That's one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind."

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, LMP: " Looks like the secondary strut had a little thermal effects on it right here, Neil."

Apollo 12

Charles "Pete" Conrad, CDR: "Mark. Oooh, is that soft and queasy. Hey, that's neat. I don't sink in too far."

Alan Bean, LMP: "Okay. My, that Sun is bright."

Apollo 14

Alan Shepard, CDR: "Okay, you're right. Al is on the surface. And it's been a long way, but we're here."

Edgar "Ed" Mitchell, LMP: ""He's releasing it now. [This is in reference to Shepard releasing the MET.]""

Apollo 15

David Scott, CDR: "Okay, Houston. As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there's a fundamental truth to our nature. Man must explore."

James "Jim" Irwin, LMP: "Boy, that front pad is really loose, isn't it? [Reference to him almost falling off the ladder as he took a big jump down]"

Apollo 16

John Young, CDR: "There you are: Mysterious and Unknown Descartes. Highland plains. Apollo 16 is gonna change your image. I'm sure glad they got ol' Brer Rabbit, here, back in the briar patch where he belongs."

Charles "Charlie" Duke, LMP: "Fantastic! Oh, that first foot on the lunar surface is super, Tony!"

Apollo 17

Eugene "Gene" Cernan, CDR: "Jack, I'm out here. Oh, my golly! Unbelievable! Unbelievable; but is it bright in the Sun. Okay! We landed in a very shallow depression. That's why we've got a slight pitch-up angle...very shallow, dinner-plate-like, dish crater just about the width of the struts. How you doing, Jack?"

Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, LMP: "Hey, who's been tracking up my lunar surface?"


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    $\begingroup$ The moral of the story is: plan your first words carefully or we might have wound up with "Oooh, is that soft and queasy." $\endgroup$
    – Schwern
    Commented Feb 3, 2021 at 22:36

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