Neil Armstrong Opens Up In Rare Interview Robert Siegel discusses a rare one-on-one interview Neil Armstrong gave in Australia.
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Neil Armstrong Opens Up In Rare Interview

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Neil Armstrong Opens Up In Rare Interview

Neil Armstrong Opens Up In Rare Interview

Neil Armstrong Opens Up In Rare Interview

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Robert Siegel discusses a rare one-on-one interview Neil Armstrong gave in Australia.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now to an astronaut known for a historic leap.

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SIEGEL: The words of Neil Armstrong. As almost everyone knows, he was the first man to walk on the moon. But did you know that Armstrong's father was a government auditor? Well, Alex Malley did.

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SIEGEL: Late last year in Sydney, Armstrong sat down with Malley for a rare interview. Malley is the CEO of CPA Australia, an association of accountants. As far as we can tell, he has no expertise in space flight. He says the accounting connection helped him land the interview. It was just recently made available on the Internet.

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SIEGEL: Neal Armstrong opens up about his parents, his boyhood fascination with flight, his time in the Korean War and, of course, the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. And this interview is unusual, according to Andrew Chaikin. He's the author of "A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts."

ANDREW CHAIKIN: You know, Neil does give occasional interviews. But to see him sit down for this long, and talk in this kind of detail, on video - I've only seen it one other time.

SIEGEL: And remember, it has been 43 years since Armstrong landed on the moon.

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SIEGEL: Finally, as the 40-minute interview nears its end, Alex Malley asks Armstrong this question: Was the moon landing faked?

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SIEGEL: And that - another trip to the moon - will depend on the government's priorities, and perhaps on the ongoing success of SpaceX.

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