Neil Armstrong: Apollo 11 astronaut reveals pride of lunar landing in rare public speech

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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, spoke of his pride at his historic achievement more than four decades ago during a rare public appearance in Australia. 

The former astronaut relived the moment he set foot on the lunar surface on July 21 1969 as he provided a personal commentary to attendees of an accounting seminar in Sydney.

Speaking for more than hour on Wednesday, he told the crowd about the importance of team work and how risk taking contrasted to today’s “risk management” culture.

The American, 81, also said he was in favour of establishing a permanent base on the moon for scientific research, similar to those in Antarctica.

He spoke proudly about his preparation for the moon landing which made him a household name, as he took the audience through the mission’s final moments using never before seen footage....  

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