First Words spoken on the Moon by the Apollo Astronauts
(1 April 2011)
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal by Eric M. Jones and Ken Glover
NOTE: Technically, the first words spoken on the moon during each landing was “Contact Light!” when the LEM probes touched the surface.
Two problems I faced while putting this list together were:
I was unable to listen to audio/video of the EVAs as I am deaf/hard of hearing, so I had to read into the transcripts and make educated guesses.
Many moonwalkers did not make nice formal statements like Neil Armstrong did; especially with the LMPs [Lunar Module Pilot]. Hence I had to put in their statements made while descending the ladder or standing on the LEM footpads.
Standing on LEM Footpad: I'm at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained, as you get close to it. It's almost like a powder. Ground mass is very fine. I'm going to step off the LM now.
Standing on Moon: That's one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.
Standing on LEM Footpad: Magnificent desolation.
Standing on Moon: Looks like the secondary strut had a little thermal effects on it right here, Neil.
Standing on LEM Footpad: Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me. I'm going to step off the pad.
Standing on Moon: Mark. Oooh, is that soft and queasy. Hey, that's neat. I don't sink in too far.
Descending the Ladder: Boy, the LM looks nice on the outside.
Standing on the Moon: Okay. My, that Sun is bright.
Descending the Ladder: Starting down the ladder.
Standing on the Moon: Okay, you're right. Al is on the surface. And it's been a long way, but we're here.
Descending the Ladder: Al, I'm starting out, and it's very great to be coming down.
Standing on the LEM Footpad: That last one is a long one. Ascent check. Very easy to do. A little push and just spring right up.
Standing on the Moon: He's releasing it now. [This is in reference to Shepard releasing the MET.]
Standing on the Moon: Okay, Houston. As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there's a fundamental truth to our nature. Man must explore.
Standing on the Moon: Boy, that front pad is really loose, isn't it? [Reference to him almost falling off the ladder as he took a big jump down]
Standing on the Moon: There you are: Mysterious and Unknown Descartes. Highland plains. Apollo 16 is gonna change your image. I'm sure glad they got ol' Brer Rabbit, here, back in the briar patch where he belongs.
Stepping onto the Moon: Fantastic! Oh, that first foot on the lunar surface is super, Tony!
Descending the Ladder: Okay, Houston. The Commander is about three quarters of the way down.
Standing on the LEM Footpad: I'm on the footpad. And, Houston, as I step off at the surface at Taurus-Littrow, we'd like to dedicate the first step of Apollo 17 to all those who made it possible.
Standing on the Moon: Jack, I'm out here. Oh, my golly! Unbelievable! Unbelievable; but is it bright in the Sun. Okay! We landed in a very shallow depression. That's why we've got a slight pitch-up angle...very shallow, dinner-plate-like, dish crater just about the width of the struts. How you doing, Jack?
Descending the Ladder/On Footpad/On Moon: Hey, who's been tracking up my lunar surface?