Immediately after this article, be sure to read the personal letter we
received in response to this account of man's first steps on the moon.
In The Beginning...
Apollo 10 was the first manned orbit of the moon in preparation for the Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong would be the first man to walk on the moon.
On Apollo 10 they were able to monitor with greater precision what they had monitored on previous flights: the gravitational field of the moon and the rate at which dust particles are landing on the moon's surface.
You see, the moon is being bombarded constantly with cosmic dust particles, and when the Apollo astronauts were able to determine precisely the gravitational pull of the moon, then the rate at which dust collects on its surface could be calculated.
Therefore, if the approximate age of the moon is known and the amount of dust covering its surface in a given time is also known, the approximate depth of the dust today on its surface can be determined mathematically; it's a simple matter of multiplication.
According to almost all evolutionary concepts, the earth and the moon are 4.5 BILLION years old and using this age to calculate the depth of dust on the moon, the NASA scientists were faced with a problem: even using the most conservative calculations, the very least amount of loosely consolidated dust on the surface of the moon would be 54 feet deep.
That meant when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon he would step into a loosely consolidated sea of cosmic dust as little as 54 feet deep and possibly much deeper according to NASA figures.
This presented a real concern to many NASA scientists and engineers. This is why they outfitted the lunar lander with those huge pods as many of you probably recall seeing in photographs of the lunar mission. This is also the reason that the lunar rover had those big balloon tires; it could even have been driven across a big body of water and since they expected a tremendous amount of dust they made it so it wouldn't sink into anything.
They even trained Neil Armstong to go down the ladder outside the lunar lander backwards and slowly, one step at a time, and when he came to the bottom rung to be sure not to jump off into all that dust because he might have a lot of trouble swimming out of it.
The man whose job it was to keep in communication with Neil Armstrong while he was walking on the moon relates that as Neil got to the last rung of the ladder he paused and spoke those famous words heard all around the world: "One small step for a man," then he paused again, and then stepping off the bottom rung and onto the moon he said: "one giant leap for mankind."
That's when the commentators went wild, breaking in to say: "That's the first statement on the moon!" and went on with their commentary. But they had cut off Neil Armstrong's next two words, which are probably more famous in faithful scientific circles than are his first eleven. Stan Stepanek, whose job it was to stay in touch with Neil Armstrong relates that after the commentators broke in on Neil after his famous first words on the moon, his next two words totally destroyed the concept of evolution.
After Neil said "One small step for a man, [pause while stepping down] one giant leap for mankind" and while the commentators were going wild, Neil said: "IT'S SOLID". It took only these two words to totally destroy the concept of evolution if you look at it scientifically, academically and faithfully because those two words showed that only a few thousand years of time have passed, at the rate cosmic dust is coming in, producing on the surface of the moon an average of under one-half of an inch of dust overall.
Do you understand what this means? It means that scientific evidence is piling up that the earth and the universe as we know it is young after all. Did you know that a majority of scholars studying Biblical chronologies have determined the age of the earth to be very close to 6000 years old? Did you know that the actual amount on dust measured on the surface of the moon equals very close to 6000 years of accumulation of dust at the rate measured by the Apollo missions?
". . . God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1.
Some of the information in the above letter was supplied by Dr Carl Baugh of Creation Evidences Museum in Glen Rose, Texas.
The following is a personal letter we recently received about the above article:
July 20, 2002
Thomas S Doherty
116 Sedgwick St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
You have a great web site. I have been intrigued with Creation/Evolution for quite some time now. While browsing, I came across this paragraph (on your web site):
" What were Neil Armstrong's next words after he said "One small step for a
man, one giant leap for mankind!"? He spoke two words that totally destroyed
the THEORY of evolution if you look at it scientifically, academically, and
faithfully: he said, "IT'S SOLID!!!" If one looks at that record faithfully,
much of that "giant leap for mankind" was in proving evolutionary THEORY
false and God's Word true."
I was fortunate to watch the first Apollo moon landing on live TV. Knowing that there would be a "canned" statement when the Astronaut stepped onto the surface of the moon, I was attuned to the first 'real' comment he would make. I was somewhat shocked to CLEARLY hear that first observation, "It's solid!" So shocked, that I turned to my parents and made a sarcastic remark, 'What did he think it was made of, Green Cheese?' So, after all these years, I can clearly remember the incident. One of the most important pictures (I bought a set at the time) was the shot of the footprint on the moon with only a minimum of dust showing.
Not long ago, I recalled the event and did a search on the Internet and found a Transcript of the radio transmissions. I had my second shock of that event. The statement that I remember so well was edited OUT of the transcript and replaced with a remark that the transmission was garbled. See (the link for) Transcript segment below. There was NOTHING garbled about that transmission, the statement came through NATIONAL TV as clear as a bell.
Furthermore, if anyone really thinks that NASA was not worried about the lander sinking. Then they owe it to themselves to take a trip to Washington and see the craft in the Smithsonian. The first time I saw the module I though that the design was very odd. After seeing it in person, I understood the design. NASA was so concerned about the vehicle sinking that they put it on stilts, had HUGE floats attached to the legs and also equipped it with a mechanism to only allow the engines to shut down if there was a solid base. Just looking at the vehicle and then considering that it was landing in a gravity 1/6th Earth's convinced me that NASA was paranoid about the lander sinking.
I believe that at the time of the Apollo missions, it was common knowledge that one of the expectations was to PROVE the age of the moon was very old. I now realize that this was the Evolutionist/Creationist battle in full swing back then.
The reason I bring this to your attention is I am a FIRST SOURCE, and I hate to think that this important information will be lost when I die. It clearly documents the lengths that evolutionists will go to ELIMINATE documentation that supports Creation. I should further mention that AT THE TIME THIS OCCURRED, I WAS AN EVOLUTIONIST. Fortunately, I came to know the Lord a short time later.
Keep up the great work!
Thomas S. Doherty
116 Sedgwick St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Link to radio transcript of first Apollo Moon Landing: