Moon landing: The strong leg of Neil Armstrong

Here is another one of my lessons from 2005, at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. The students were doing a year of preparatory English before they entered the faculties.

05 December

In the morning lesson today with my students, the topic was the Space Race. Neil Armstrong was, naturally, mentioned. One of the lines in the text was “one step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.”

The reason, I “explained,” why Armstrong was chosen to be the first to walk on the moon was not because his arms were strong but because his legs were strong. They had to be strong to avoid Armstrong buckling under his legs when he touched down on the surface of the moon.

I then asked one of the students to tell me why Armstrong was famous. She replied: “He was first man to step his leg on the moon.”

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