For the past 40 years the rumour mill has spun itself out of orbit with claims about what Armstrong actually said following his historic moonwalk.
Though the images were grainy, and the quality of the transmission poor, millions of Americans none the less heard Armstrong’s now-immortal “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” speech.
But it is what he is alleged to have said next that has caused such fierce debate – and no small controversy – across the intervening decades.
Through the crackle and pop of what many believe was a deliberately contrived poor-quality broadcast, Armstrong was heard to say he could see a “light” on the rim of a nearby crater. Mission Control responded with a request for more information, following which the transmission went dead.
For a full two minutes nothing was heard…