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Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky

Posted by ANUAR SANi

On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar
Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on
the moon. His first words after stepping on the moon,
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,”
were televised to Earth and heard by millions.
But just before he re-entered the lander, he made the
enigmatic remark: “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.” Many people at
NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some
rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was
no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.
Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to
what the, “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky” statement meant, but
Armstrong always just smiled.
On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering
questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-
year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded.
Mr. Gorsky had died and so Neil Armstrong felt
he could answer the question.
In 1938 when he was a kid in a small mid-west town, he
was playing baseball with a friend. His friend hit a fly ball,
which landed in his neighbor’s yard by the bedroom windows.
His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky.
As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong
heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky. “Sex! You want
sex? You’ll get sex when the kid next door walks on the


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