We Came in Peace for All Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc by Tahir Rahman
Nearly four decades ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left some mementos on the ancient lunar soil of the Sea of Tranquility. Among these was a small brittle silicon disc with microscopic messages of goodwill from 73 world leaders. In 1969, with only weeks left before the Apollo 11 liftoff, NASA worked feverishly on a crash project to miniaturize messages from American and world leaders to enshrine them on a material suited for the harsh environment of the Moon. This book reveals a never-before-told story of the disc, along with many rare and astounding photographs.
Tahir Rahman is a passionate enthusiast of space exploration and history. He discovered the existence of the silicon disc messages while collecting space memorabilia. His research yielded very little information about the message disc- so he decided to write about it. His journey took him to John Sprague, son of the founder of Sprague Electric in Massachusetts and co-inventor of the disc.
Rahman eventually met both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to walk on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969. The astronauts were intrigued by his discovery of the detailed calligraphy and beauty that the disc revealed under a microscope- a lost part of history for 40 years.
What People are Saying About This
James R. Hansen
"Landing on the Moon was a shared global event which nearly all humankind felt transcended politics. Tahir Rahman's beautifully produced commemorative book, We Came in Peace for All Mankind, takes us back to that priceless moment when all of the people on this Earth were truly one. If only that feeling of unity had been sustained, humankind would be in a much better place today!"--(James R. Hansen, author of First Man, professor of history at Auburn University)
"In the ancient dust of the Moon's Sea of Tranquility there sits a tiny silicon disc bearing messages of goodwill from the nations of Earth. In the four decades since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left behind the first human footprints on another world, those messages have gone largely unread - until now. In this beautiful and inspiring book Tahir Rahman spotlights the words of peace and hope that reflect the true spirit of mankind's greatest adventure."--(Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon)
"Neil Armstrong and I almost forgot to leave the silicon disc on the moon. But no one should forget the messages beautifully portrayed in We Came in Peace for All Mankind."--(Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut)