May 302012

And now for something slightly different…

Neil Armstrong was part of a three man team that flew to the moon in 1969, and was the first person to step onto the lunar surface. In the 43 years since, he’s given very few interviews and avoided the public eye. In an interesting twist, he recently agreed to talk to the CPA. The CPA is the professional body for accountants in Australia, and as their CEO explains, Armstrong’s dad was an auditor. With that inside knowledge and a little persuasion, they managed to convince the elusive hero to speak to them, and the camera.

With my interest in exploration, extremes and risk taking, I found the four-part interview fascinating viewing. Watching the archival footage and hearing Armstrong describe the scenarios that had led to each point gives real insight into the challenges that were overcome to put Apollo 11 on the moon. If you’ve got an hour to spare, sit back, relax and enjoy.


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