NASA's Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon just 50 years ago, with Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the lunar surface, followed closely by Buzz Aldrin. The monumental event of July 20, 1969 shocked the world as millions of people watched live television anxiously, before Armstrong delivered his legendary speech "A Small Step" that marked the end of the race to space with the Soviet Union. However, what many do not know is that the legendary astronaut was forced to lie to NASA bosses about the Apollo 11 program.
President John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States after a campaign promising the Soviet Union's superiority over the arms race and the domination of space at the height of the Cold War.
He promised to put a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. NASA was created in 1958.
At the upcoming release of Altitude Film's "Armstrong" movie, it was revealed how the Apollo 11 team was formed.
Harrison Ford said, "We were a nice group, but we really focused on the job.
"Buzz and I had both flown to Korea and her flight skills, I was sure, were excellent.
"His intelligence was high, he was a creative thinker and he was ready to make suggestions
"I do not know if I recognized at that time that one could consider eccentricities.
Mike Collins was [also] a joy to work with, happy and relaxed. "
However, Armstrong also revealed how he was forced to lie to NASA bosses after President Nixon took office and granted Kennedy's wishes.
He added, "The leaders have asked me: do you think the guys and you are ready?
"I wanted to say," It would be nice to have another month. "
"But we were in a race and so I had to say" we are ready, we are ready to go. "
Directed by David Fairhead, "Armstrong" will be in British and Irish theaters on July 9 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
The film was shot with the full support of Mr. Armstrong's family following his death in August 2012 and includes unpublished footage of the most famous astronaut in history.
He also presents his own words based on interviews, writings and speeches, as well as interviews with his first wife and two sons.