Russian cites are full of very detailed and very scientific- looking narratives proving that US never reached the moon. I was always very puzzled about it. I never could understand the driving force of such malice: they denied Neil Armstrong his "star hour' just because he was an American. The very idea that it was not just an American but the Earth Human who first stepped on the Moon somehow did not penetrate their puny brains.
I am glad that Armstrong never addressed it. That would be too much credit to those idiots, too much attention to them. He made his step for all Humanity, even for them and that was quite enough. There is his track out there, somewhere in space, and we can imagine that maybe some aliens far away would be able to see that footstep and convene a conference on the topic "Who walked on the Moon and where did ho go?' Won't that be lovely?
Neil was an honorable man. Honorable people achieve greatness but do not give a damn about it. Honorable people know who they are. They do not need drums, records, interviews and parades. I guess, there, in the afterlife Neil will find himself out there, in Space again, in the company of Jouri Gagarin, the first man ever in Space and they both will look at us from there and " wink through the light of the stars. Immortality can be achieved apparently by not thinking about it but doing your duty the best way you can.
But there is another aspect here, the one I feel has to be mentioned: I saw the cycle of that engine and know how it worked. That engine, the one that powered the Saturn Vehicle was the one that lifted the Apollo 11 on its way to the Moon. At that moment Tsiolkovsky's prophecy finalized itself, " Earth is the cradle of Humanity but you cannot live in the cradle all your life'.
Jouri Gagarin said at the moment of his liftoff, " Poechali ( Let's go)'.
I dare to presume that Neil Armstrong maybe did not say but thought:
It was the Star Hour of Humanity. Neil Armstrong did it. He did it for all of us, creatures, great and small. I wonder if we can handle the responsibility.