The Amazing International Expressions Of Welcome And Hope And Peace Inscribed On the Apollo Goodwill Disc.

by Daniel Russ on July 24, 2012

Chaing Kai Shek

Chaing Kai Shek

 

 

In 1969, just weeks before the launch of historic Apollo 11, NASA commissioned a silicon disc inscribed with the greetings from leaders across the world to be included in the launch payload of the Apollo 11. Below are some of the greetings. They are so hopeful and heartfelt, especially given that the world was consumed in the Cold War.

 

 

 

• President Chiang Kai-Shek,China: “It is our sincere desire that the astronauts, upon the date of their landing on the moon, will have made a significant contribution to a world utopia and peace through the universe.”

 

• Emperor Haile Selassie, Ethiopia: “This marvelous feat is a proof of the gigantic strides man has made in the field of science and technology. We are fully confident that this great milestone in man’s search for the unknown will give the American genius and the valiant American astronauts greater encouragement in their further probe of the solar system.“

 

• Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain: “On behalf of the British people I salute the skill and courage which have brought man to the moon. May this endeavour increase the knowledge and well-being of mankind.”

 

• Indira Ghandi, India: “On this unique occasion when man traverses outer space to set foot on Earth’s nearest neighbor, Moon, I send my greetings and good wishes to the brave astronauts who have launched on this great venture. I fervently hope that this event will usher in an era of peaceful endeavor for all mankind.”

 

• Italy may disagree: “The courage and the technology of the United States of America have brought to our satellite this message of the Head of the Italian Nation which prides itself to number amongst its sons Galileo Galilei, whose genius paved the ways for modern science.”

 

• Guyana Prime Minister: “We do not know what shall be the judgment of history but we would be well pleased if on some later day when this is read, it is said of us that we strove greatly to advance the dignity of all men.”

 

• President Richard M. Nixon, United States: “The journey of the astronauts is more than a technological achievement; it is a reaching-out of the human spirit. It lifts our sights; it demonstrates that magnificent conceptions can be made real. They inspire us and at the same time they teach us true humility. What could bring home to us more the limitations of the human scale than the hauntingly beautiful picture of our earth seen from the moon?”

 

The Apollo Goodwill Disc

The Apollo Goodwil Disc

 

The Apollo Goodwill Disc

 

 

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