tv Vice President Remarks at Neil Armstrongs Apollo 11 Spacesuit Unveiling CSPAN July 16, 2019 11:52pm-12:17am EDT
delivered remarks at the unveiling of the spacesuit at the smithsonian's national air and space museum in washington, d.c.. this will go on display for the first time in 13 years to mark the 50th anniversary of the mission to the moon. the vice president was joined by his family, the nasa administrator and the national air and space museum director. [applause]
good morning. thank you for joining us as we kick off a week of amazing celebrations of humanities highest achievements of the apollo 11 moon landing. we are honored to vice president pens withave vicepresident penss morning as we unveil the armstrongs recently conserved apollo 11 spacesuit. also with us is jim who leads nasa the organization whose achievements we celebrate. i'm so happy that we could be joined to represent the family along with his family out of the aspiring american hero who took humanity's first steps on the moon. ;-) for being here. [applause] >> during our year-long celebrations, we have highlighted the team that made it possible. it took 400,000 americans are doing every conceivable job to make it happen.
that included the material experts, medical experts and amazing seamstresses from dover and made the spacesuit that we are unveiling this morning. it took another large team to conserve the suit so that we could once again share it with the world after 13 years of exhibit. that team included historians, conservators and collections and exhibit experts. but their work was only possible thanks to the thousands of individuals who contributed to the kickstart her campaign. so thank you to all those people who did their part to preserve this vital part of history. the complexity of this supported human life in the harshest environments. extreme heat and cold, radiation and the threat of a cut from sharp rocks all have to be taken into consideration. as the curator's notes, they were actually single person
spacecraft but while they were designed to end where the punishment of a walk they were not designed to last half a century on display. we are happy the work we've done will extend the life and ensure generations to come can be inspired by it. and equally as important, we want to inspire visitors to the stories of men and women who have worn all the spacesuit in our collection. neil armstrong's commitment to the commission, tenacity, perseverance and incredibly calm demeanor were just what you wanted someone piloting an odd looking craft like the one behind me to the surface of the moon for the first time. his humility about the accomplishment was reflected in the lunar module which read we came in peace for all of mankind. all three apollo 11 astronauts understood the importance of the journey they were embarking on and the significance that would surround the items from the mission. this is clear in the design of the mission led by the crew.
they decided against adding their name as prior missions have done. the command module who designed the final patch explained, it was in recognition of the teamwork behind apollo. i can't wait to share the teamwork with our visitors and i hope that people will join us this week in a museum and on the mall as we come together to celebrate the owner, the legacy and work to the great achievements to come. it is now my pleasure to introduce the person that is tasked with making the next steps in space exploration a reality. please join me in welcoming the administrator. [applause] >> this is a great day for nasa and for america. i am immensely grateful for the efforts of the national air and
space museum board and the thousands of public contributors who graciously donated to help preserve the apollo 11 spacesuit for generations to come. it's also an honor to have with us his oldest son, rick armstrong. the commander armstrong's name is synonymous with undaunted courage, the american spirit of exploration, and the evidence that humanity's potential is limitless. 50 years ago this week, armstrong, buzz aldrin and michael collins hurtled through the unforgiving blackness of space aiming at the moon coming off i, not anadmission of conque mission of peace. their success expanded humanity's understanding of the celestial neighbor, and most importantly it taugh taught us g about ourselves. that together we catogether we y goal in overtime overcoming the
difficulty. among the personal affects aboard apollo 11 were pieces of the wright brothers flyer, the wood and fabric aircraft that succeeded in making humanity's first powered flight some 66 years earlier. in paying homage to this, other sets of pioneers, armstrong demonstrated the truth that we must continue to remember even today. he understood humanity's rise from the ground to the sky for space and onto the moon wasn't by chance. it was in fact by choice. the choice to boldly pushed the limits of science and technology, the choice to further discover the almighty creation and use our newfound knowledge to elevate the human
condition. ultimately he knew space exploration was a matter of choosing greatness every day no matter the risk, no matter the danger. the 1960s had leaders and the white house whose vision of american space exploration enabled the historical success of the apollo program. likewise today, our nation is fortunate to once again have leaders who are challenging the united states of america to live up to its true potential as the world's preeminent space faring nation. president trump and vice president mike pence has given us to return sustainably to the moon by 2024 and then on to mars and we are getting it done. i want to be clear, we are getting it done. it is my honor to introduce today the vice president of the united states and the chairman
of the national space council, vice president mike pence. [applause] >> thanthank you come administr. thank you for your leadership at nasa. .. with rick armstrong, mary and rick's oldest son bryce. join me in welcoming the armstrong family and friends. thank you for being with us. it is an honor to be here at the space museum to unveil one of the most important artifacts of what president kennedy called
the hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked. on this day 50 years ago apollo 11 launched from the kennedy space center to begin the historic quarter million mile journey to the moon. just three days later mission commander new armstrong would wear the spacesuit that we will unveil in just a few moments. he took the one giant leap for mankind. when president kennedy declared in 1961 that the united states would put a man on the moon before the decade was out. it is important to remember in our time that he issued a challenge before our country was able to meet it. the truth is we did not have the rockets, launchpad, spacesuits. not only did we have what we needed we did not know what we needed. the risks were great.
the odds were long. and they were so long that some even feared if we can make it to the moon we might not be able to make it back. it took engineers, manufacturers and technicians ten years to design the 21 layers of fabric rubber, metal and fiber that are just in case and the spacesuit that you will see unveil today. i expect that it is moving for his family and every american to remember the dangers and risks of the time that this spacesuit simply may have been the very last thing that neil armstrong ever were. in fact, there was a time, and during that time scientist speculated whether a lunar module like this one behind me laid it on the moon and whether it would be able to lift off
again. the risks were so real the history records of president nixon had a speech prepared prior to the landing in the event that the mission field. but of course, it did not feel. after all 400,000 men and women behind the mission of nasa with the hearts and prayers of the american people, how could it feel. instead as a president said neil and buzz, shortly after saluting an american flag painted on the surface of the moon in these words, he spoke. for every american this is the proudest day of our lives. he said to them from the earth to the moon, because of what you have done been a part of man's world and for one price is moment the whole history of man, all the people on earth are truly one, one in the pride and one in the prayers you've returned safely to the earth. i remember that day. as i speak to americans younger
than me i feel even more privileged of sitting in the basement of her home of the snowy images came back like in white images of the incredible moment. an indelible mark on my life and my imagination in the imagination of my generation and every generation since. it was a contribution to the life of this nation, the history of this world. it is a most incalculable. at that moment the nation held its breath, it'd been deeply divided during the 1960s. as we think of this incredible scientific accompaniment it is also important for us to see in the spacesuit and in the moment another contribution to the life of the nation and on top of the contribution to science and human understanding for that brief moment, the man who wore
the suit brought together our nation in the world. astronauts never liked being called heroes. the man who wore the suit was especially resistant to such labels. but if new armstrong was not a hero then there are no heroes. he wants descriptions of, and his words, he said i am and ever will be a white sox protector, nerdy engineer. and i would also add proudly he is a graduate of purdue university in the state of indiana. neil armstrong was reserved. as his family and i were just chatting he was in some respects even try. that was how it struck me on the few occasions i had the privilege to speak with him. i told rick, my young daughter
charlotte and i had the privilege of watching the last space shuttle launches with new armstrong. oh struck by his ability and modesty and how quickly he deferred whatever he had accomplished to literally hundreds of thousands of men and women in engineers. who made it possible for him to be there and come home safe. but among his colleagues it's important to remember on this day when we unveil this historic spacesuit that neil armstrong was called ice commander. generations who enjoyed this display i think would do well to remember the strength of character encouraged of this man. just month before apollo 11 the loss control designed to help astronauts train for the moon landing and history records he objected three seconds before it
crashed to the ground and exploded in a ball of fire. more remarkably than that, we are told he dusted himself off that day and spent the rest of the day behind his desk. his son reminded me that he flew the x15 above is about 17 different times. he was an extraordinary test pilot, a man of courage. but his courage was despite perhaps nowhere more profoundly than in the moments before the apollo 11 lunar module landed on the surface of the moon. it was the coolness during the original landing that likely save the lives of the two astronauts that were aboard the lunar module. when the original landing area was full of boulders it would doom the mission and crew, history records again that neil armstrong calmly took the control of the lunar module
skimmed across the top and manually found a safe spot to touch down. by the time he sat down to what we all know to be tranquility based, armstrong and aldrin had 17 seconds of fuel remaining. it's incredible. today, we remember the service and the accompaniments of apollo 11 and of its commander new armstrong but we also do well to remember his courage and the professionalism that saw him through an entire career and accomplishment and saw the mission. too safely need and return home. the debt this nation owns two apollo astronauts including the man you were the suit we unveil today. we can never fully repay. today is an installment, the
american people express their gratitude by preserving the symbol of courage and when the institution lost the kickstart a campaign to help preserve this valuable piece of american history they raised a half a million dollars and five days to do it. i also understand for those looking on because the success of this initiative the reboot the suit campaign set an additional goal and has raised more than three quarters of a million dollars from people all over the country to preserve alan shepard's spacesuit. america's generosity has made it possible for this national treasure to go on display today for the first time in 13 years and to now be available in these halls for generations to come. as we begin today to mark the golden anniversary of apollo 11, we do well. if you remember what they left
behind in its capacity to inspire future generations. let me also say, as i told rick, i expected that would be pleased to know the fact that this generation we are renewing our commitment to american leadership in space and american leadership in human space exploration is also attributed as well. i am proud to say after lay dormant for quarter of a century president trump revived the national space council to reinvigorate america's space activity across the government program. we unleashed america's space industry as never before. under president trump leadership it is now the policy of the united states of america to return to the moon within the next five years and from there onto mars. i have a feeling the man who were the suit that we will unveil today would be glad to know that the first woman in the next man on the moon will also
be an american. apollo 11 is only event of the 20th century the stands a chance of being remembered in the 30th century. that is what makes a day like today so important. a thousand years from now, july 20, 1969 will likely be a day that will live on in the minds of imagination of men and women. here on earth, across our solar system, and beyond. it is important that we do what we do today. that the generosity of americans, the professionalism of the smithsonian museum, the generosity of the armstrong family and their support makes it possible for the spacesuit to inspire literally generations of americans.
and perhaps it also will inspire them to remember those men who took the most hazardous and dangerous adventure. in their time. it's remarkable to talk about the steely eyed nerve of apollo 11 commander neil armstrong that maybe we do will and a photograph recovered on and shortly after they finished the historic moonwalk there is a picture of neil armstrong dressed in the very spacesuit covered with moon dust sporting a three-day. the broad smile on his face.
with the greatest impure satisfaction. the ice commander showed his demeanor forming him. an express from his heart for people all over the world were feeling in the moment. thank you again to the great stewards here at the national space museum. take you for preserving this national treasure and may it inspire future heroes who walk these hallways. a godless the memory and legacy apollo 11 commander neil armstrong. in may god continue to bless the united states of america. [applause]
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