“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” were the first words Neil Armstrong uttered when he stepped foot onto the surface of the moon. It’s long been rumoured that he was supposed to say, “That’s one small step for a man,” and those rumours have finally been confirmed.
They have been taken from the original magnetic tape recordings made at Johnson Space Center, Houston, which have recently been re-digitised to make uncompressed, higher-fidelity audio recordings.
These are discernibly clearer than earlier, more heavily compressed recordings used by the Australian investigation.
These clearer recordings indicate that there was not room for an “a”. A voice print spectrograph clearly shows the “r” in “for” and “m” in “man” running into each other.