If the first men on the moon had become stranded, President Nixon would have given this speech
White House speechwriter Bill Safire penned the address "In event of moon disaster" on July 18, 1969 – 49 years ago Wednesday. The address was for President Richard Nixon to read in the event from the astronauts of Apollo 11 became stranded on the Moon. From Apollo 11's three man crew, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went down to the surface of the moon while Michael Collins remained behind. Armstrong and Aldrin might have been able to return to the mission's lunar orbiter, where Collins was waiting.