Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the moon

Neil Armstrong, at the '94 Omega Forum
held in Basel, 25 years after the first lunar landing.
- What single event or feature left the most lasting impression on you?
"Standing there in the Sea of Tranquility, looking back at the earth. It was suspended there on the horizon, completely motionless, and didn't change its position the whole time. It showed me how much our sense of time depends on our position in the Universe."
- But time did pass all the same?
"Of course. But the experience of life on the Moon was ambivalent all the same. The earth was static and the Sun's position relative to the earth only changed very gradually. Everything seemed to take place very, very slowly. But our timescale was exactly the same, and we had a great deal to do. To us everything seemed very compressed - it was like being part of a time-lapse film sequence."
- Twenty-Five years after the first Lunar landing, how do you see the future of Manned Space Flight?
"I believe space flight is part of our human heritage. It was a major event in the history of mankind and will remain with us for as long as we continue to exist. There'll be the usual highs and lows, the good times and the not-so-good times, all of which are influenced by the economic, political and scientific conditions existing here on earth. But manned space flight will survive."