Neil Armstrong: I don't know what space exploration will uncover, but I don't think it'll be exploration just for the sake of exploration. I think it'll be more the fact that it allows us to see things. That maybe we should have seen a long time ago. But just haven't been able to until now.
Deke Slayton: Why do you think space flight is important?
Neil Armstrong: I had a few opportunities in the X-15 to observe the atmosphere. It was so thin, such a small part of the Earth that you could barely see it at all. And when you're down here in the crowd and you look up, it looks pretty big and you don't think about it too much. But when you get a different vantage point it changes your perspective.
Neil Armstrong: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Janet Armstrong: Pat doesn't have a husband. Those kids, they don't have a father anymore. Do you understand what that means? What are the chances that's going to be Ricky and Mark? And I can't tell them that their dad spent the last few minutes packing his briefcase! You're gonna sit them down. Both of them. And you're going to prepare them for the fact that you might not ever come home. You're doing that. You. Not me. I'm done.
Bob Gilruth: Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know there is no hope for their recovery.
Bob Gilruth: They will be mourned by their families; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown...
Bob Gilruth: Others will follow, and surely find their way home. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
Bob Gilruth: For every human being who looks up at the moon in nights to come will know there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
Janet Armstrong: It'll be an adventure.