Film space race and let US flag moon landing scene
‘First Man’ star Ryan Gosling defends the decision.
Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, weighed in on the controversy surrounding Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” and the filmmakers’ decision not to see that the planting of the American flag on the Moon during the historic 1969 moon landing.
The record-breaking test pilot tweeted that the US was one of the first to the Moon, among other historical events. Yeager, a World War II fighter pilot who also served in the Vietnam war, broke the sound barrier in 1947.
“I was the 1st Commander of the arp’s 1st school for the training 1st astronauts,” Yeager wrote. “I am fully aware of AMERICAN goals: Presidents Eisenhower, john f. kennedy, Johnson And Nixon: take US to the moon 1st. and that we have done. The 1st step was getting above MACH 1. We did that the 1st, also.”
I was the 1st Commander of the arp’s 1st school for the training 1st astronauts. I am fully aware of AMERICAN goals:Presidents Eisenhower, john f. kennedy, Johnson And Nixon: take US to the moon 1st. and that we have done. The 1st step was getting above MACH 1. We did that the 1st, https://t.co/d3wfNqSdha @therealbuzz https://t.co/nANBLqjw9v
— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) September 3, 2018
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Yeager, 95, formerly weighed in on the film, responding to a Twitter user about Armstrong.
That is not the Neil Armstrong I knew
— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) Of 31 August 2018
“That is not the Neil Armstrong I knew,” Yeager wrote.
Director Damian Chazelle gave a statement last week in which he explains why he does not at the time that the flag was planted in the lunar surface.
“The flag is physically planted in the ground is one of the many moments of the Apollo 11 on the moon EVA [extravehicular activity] that I have chosen to focus on,” he said Friday.
“On the question of whether this is a political statement, the answer is no. My goal with this film was to share with the audience the unseen, unknown aspects of the american mission to the moon — in particular, Neil Armstrong ‘ s personal saga and what his thoughts and feelings during that famous few hours,” the director added.
Neil Armstrong’s sons Rick and Mark Armstrong, denounced the criticism of the film, says that it is “quite the opposite” of “anti-American.”
“This story is human and it is universal. Of course celebrates an achievement in America. It also celebrates an achievement for the entire human race, ” the statement said, adding that “the filmmakers chose to focus on Neil looks back at the earth, his walk to the Little West Crater, a unique, personal experience of completing this journey, a journey that for so many incredible highs and devastating lows.”
“This story is human and it is universal. Of course celebrates an achievement in America. It also celebrates an achievement for all mankind.'”
– Rick and Mark Armstrong, sons of Neil Armstrong
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On Sunday, astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted that he is “proud to be an American,” apparently a critique on the upcoming movie’s decision to use the flag to plants.
#proudtobeanAmerican #freedom #honor #onenation #Apollo11 #July1969 #roadtoApollo50 pic.twitter.com/gApIwLzaJw
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 3, 2018
Aldrin, 88, was the second man on the moon behind Armstrong, who died in 2012 at age 82.
Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FLORIDA.) said that the decision is not to the iconic images of the “total madness,” adding that it is a “bad service in a time when our people need to remember what we can achieve when we work together.”
This is total madness. And a bad service in a time when our people need to remember what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by the Americans,with American technology and carrying American astronauts. It was not a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) of 31 August 2018
Fox News’ Amy Place and Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this story. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia