Here’s a letter to Robert Krulwich of National Public Radio’s science blog, in answer to a question he posed about why the first men on the moon didn’t travel very far from the lunar module.
The letter is from Neil Armstrong, who just happened to be the first man to step foot on the moon. He also took a lot of the photos and video from Apollo 11’s 1969 trip.
Armstrong gives several reasons why they didn’t go far. Mostly it had to do with not knowing how well their cumbersome suits were going to work in 200 degree heat.
It’s a good letter, with good details. And it’s signed “Neil Armstrong, Commander Apollo 11.”