MAN ON THE MOON: Neil Armstrong meets the Shah of Iran


MAN ON THE MOON: Neil Armstrong meets the Shah of Iran
by Darius Kadivar
US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died aged 82. Here he can be seen during his visit to Iran along other Apollo 11 crew members where he met with the Shah.  (Source:

PHOTO : This is a photo of the three Apollo 11 Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins visiting Tehran during their worldwide goodwill tour after they returned to Earth from the moon. (Photo Courtesy of Sepehr)

Neil Armstrong meets the Shah of Iran (From BBC Report):

Apollo 11 astronauts visited Iran mid November 1969

Shah of Iran visits Nasa's Cape Canaveral (1962):

Shah of Iran visits the Space Launching Station and Speaks at the American Congress.






Neil Armstrong, 1st Man on the Moon, Dies (AP, Aug 25, 2012):

Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility :






Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden's Popular TV Sitcom Emblematic Showcase for Iranian-American Friendly ties (*)

Plot: When the rocket launch for a space mission goes awry, its astronaut, Captain Anthony Nelson, finds himself stranded on a desert island. There, he finds a beautiful antique bottle lying there on the sand. When Tony opens the bottle, he is shocked to find a beautiful, 2,000-year-old genie named Jeannie, who is now calling him her new Master and willing to grant him anything he wishes.

(*) Persian Anachronisms in Dialogue:


Jeannie has entire dialogues in Persian/Farsi in this very first Episode that clearly suggests that Production was familiar with the Iranian language ( distinct from Arabic most commonly associated to the Middle East characters in Hollywood movies)


"Sheklat mesleh Seemayekh Khalif Hast " aka "You look like the Caliph"

"Seemorg" aka "Phoenix"

"Sardar aghar Khatereh Tora Azar Dadam, mano bebakhsh" aka "Master if I made you angry please forgive me"

"Yah Shaheh Paryan"  aka  "Oh my goodness ( not sure about translation)"

"Kashti" aka "Boat"


"Az Ma Khoshnood Ast ? ..." aka " Are you angry ?"


Recommended Reading:

I Dream of (A PersianJeannie by Darius KADIVAR (payvand)








Neil Armstrong interview, BBC 1970:

US astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, first man on Moon (bbc)

US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died aged 82.

A statement from his family says he died from complications from heart surgery he had earlier this month.

He set foot on the Moon on 20 July 1969, famously describing the event as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

US President Barack Obama said Amstrong was "among the greatest of American heroes - not just of his time, but of all time".

Last November he received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award.

He was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. More than 500 million TV viewers around the world watched its touchdown on the lunar surface.

Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

"The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to," Armstrong once said.

'Reluctant hero'

Mr Aldrin told the BBC's Newshour programme: "It's very sad indeed that we're not able to be together as a crew on the 50th anniversary of the mission… [I will remember him] as a very capable commander."

Apollo 11 was Armstrong's last space mission. In 1971, he left the US space agency Nasa to teach aerospace engineering.

Born in 1930 and raised in Ohio, Armstrong took his first flight aged six with his father and formed a lifelong passion for flying.

He flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s, and joined the US space programme in 1962.

Correspondents say Armstrong remained modest and never allowed himself to be caught up in the glamour of space exploration.

"I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer," he said in February 2000, in a rare public appearance.

In a statement, his family praised him as a "reluctant American hero" who had "served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut".

The statement did not say where Armstrong died.

He had surgery to relieve four blocked coronary arteries on 7 August.

In Tribute to Armstrong : Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon:


Related pictory :

pictory: Shah Visits NASA's Cape Canaveral (1962)

pictory: Imperial Iranian Airforce 53rd Year in Service Celebration (1977)

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MARS ATTACKS : Pro Shah and Pro Mossedegh Crowd Finally Decide to Get Along ...

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Thanks for a brilliant tribute

by anglophile on

A great collection of video clips Darius Jaan. I just wished to add a musical addition to this collection:

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon- London Concert (!974)


Rest In Peace the great Neil Armstrong. 

First Amendment


by First Amendment on

Please allow me to add another dead celebrity  who happened to be called "the king of pop" to your good blog.......lively readers will get the connection, I'm sure........