PRESIDENT NIXON AND THE APOLLO CREW SIGN A PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE HISTORIC FIRST CALL TO THE MOON.
Document Signed ("Richard Nixon," "Neil Armstrong," "Buzz Aldrin," and "M Collins") 1 p, dated July 20, 1969, but later, titled "First Telephone Call to the Moon...," being a partial transcript of the Nixon's words to Armstrong and Aldrin.
In full: "Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of Man's World. And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth."
Nixon considered his call to Armstrong and Aldrin on July 20th, 1969, the day they had landed on the Moon, "the most historic phone call ever made from the White House." At his desk in the Oval Office, his telephone routed to Houston and onward through CapCom, at that time Bruce MCandless II, to outer space, he thanked the astronauts on behalf of the American people and expressed the pride held by all the people of the world. Just a few days later, the President would thank the astronauts in person while they were quarantined aboard the USS Hornet after their return to Earth.