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There is some corner of another world that is forever mankind

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Letter written by White House officials in 1969 to be released in the event of the failure of the Apollo 11 mission. 



Hat tip to Caitlin Doughty






6 comments on “There is some corner of another world that is forever mankind

  1. Jonathan

    Sunday 6th May 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Oh come on, now, wouldn’t you just love to have been a Moon Widow? Fame, fortune and adulation scattered in your path like stars from a flag, you get to talk to the President and be told the news before the rest of the watching nation – you even get a space funeral thrown in, with the world’s most expensive casket and a PROPER sky burial, now there’s a first!

    What greater sacrifice could a good American gal desire for her Mother Nation?

  2. Saturday 5th May 2012 at 12:28 am

    I didn’t find it too disturbing, (can’t say the same for how to kill yourself with helium) all govt departments, big companies, sporting fixtures have these sort of press releases ready for every eventuality… Disaster PR, bit like the BBC or the national papers having the royal obits ready written…. That’s the modern world for ya!
    (Don’t suppose they had one ready for the Titanic)
    Ps I must admit I thought hard about widows to be 🙁

  3. Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Yep, that was the phrase that did it for me, too!

  4. Vale

    Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Altogether fascinating.

    You can hear tricky Dicky all the way through it.

    Isn’t the phrase widows-to-be chilling?

  5. Phoebe Hoare

    Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 11:53 am

    Yes, I was waiting for someone else to say it first in case I was being completely unreasonable and insensitive! Very strange!

  6. Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 11:12 am

    Is there only me who finds this deeply disturbing? Understandable, certainly, but non-the-less, deeply disturbing!

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