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Linguists question Armstrong’s famous moon landing quote

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he said the famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Or did he? Although it sounds otherwise in the muffled recording from the moon landing, Armstrong claims he said “one small step for a man,” and a new study uses linguistics to back him up, KLCC reports. By analyzing the duration Armstrong spoke each word, the researchers found it would have been easy for listeners to exclude the “a,” especially in a fuzzy recording, they report in PLOS ONE. And because of the astronaut’s intention to be humble, and the context of the speech, they agree that “one small step for a man” is the more probable phrase.