CINCINNATI - Neil Armstrong always maintained that his iconic quote -- "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" -- was unplanned, but a new documentary claims otherwise.
BBC’s documentary, "Neil Armstrong – First Man on the Moon" -- which aired Sunday -- says Armstrong came up with the line months before he went on the mission.
Armstrong’s brother Dean said in the documentary that he thought up the famous statement months before the mission, according to a Daily Mail story.
In fact, Dean said his late brother handed him a small piece of paper with the legendary and controversial words on while they were playing a game of Risk months before he landed on the moon.
Armstrong’s iconic quote was heard around the world after he stepped on the moon’s surface with the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Armstrong later insisted that he said "a man" but that the "a" wasn't heard because of static.
“If Neil Armstrong says there was an 'a,' then as far as we're concerned, there was 'a,’” NASA spokesman Michael Cabbage said in the Daily Mail story.
The BBC biopic gives new insights into why the decorated pilot, Purdue-educated engineer and astronaut shunned the public glare after returning to the Earth from the moon.
He died Aug. 25, 2012. He was 82 years old.