In the middle of all the verbal context in the book, the author -- like so many other careless historians and reporters -- crashes and burns over the 'small step' that Armstrong so eloquently describes. He totally misunderstands -- and misrepresents -- it.
"The step was really not so small, by the way. From the last rung of the ladder to the surface of the moon, it was a three-and-a-half foot drop."
The step, taken once Armstrong was already off the ladder and standing on the trashcan-sized footpad of the landing leg the ladder was attached to, was of his left foot moving sideways a few inches and then a few inches down to the lunar surface. That was the 'small step'. This book is clueless.
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