The Nixon White House prepared this letter in the event that American astronauts could not return from the Apollo 11 mission.
This is so beautifully creepy. I wonder how many other speeches for hypothetical disasters are lying around in some government file cabinet? It’d be like a drawer full of alternate history novel pitches.
Note that it says “at the point when NASA ends communications with the men”.
If the men were marooned on the moon, how long would they keep talking? Would NASA try to keep the channel open to see how long they could survive? Would the astronauts kill themselves? Would some pencil-pusher be responsible for ceasing radio contact, abandoning them on the face of the moon with the flip of a switch?
This hits pretty hard.
I wish to cry. Yet, I laugh, and my lipstick leaves a red stain like a bloody crescent moon on the top of the beer can. ”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals (via perfect)5633