Alkisah pada saat mendarat, Neil mendengarkan suatu suara asing namun tidak bisa mengerti maksudnya. Baru ketika beberapa tahun kemudian Neil berkunjung ke Mesir, dan mendengar suara Adzan di sana, barulah ia teringat kalau itu adalah suara yang ia dengar sewaktu mendarat di Bulan dulu.
Berita ini beredar selama belasan tahun, dan seringkali dipercayai ummat Muslim tanpa penelaahan yang lebih mendalam mengenai kebenaran dari berita ini.
Bagaimanakah kebenarannya? Mari kita simak satu cuplikan dari berita yang dibuat dalam harian "The Star" Malaysia, terkait kehadiran Neill Armstrong pada acara Global Leadership Forum pada tahun 2005 lalu:
Wednesday September 7, 2005Armstrong recalls moon landingKUALA LUMPUR: Man’s landing on the moon is no hoax, said Neil Armstrong, the first person there.Denying such claims, he said that the world loved a conspiracy theory.The moon mission was a very difficult, big and expensive project, said the commander of Apollo 11 who touched down on the moon on July 20, 1969.MY HERO: Zaid greeting Armstrong at the KLCC in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday. Armstrong is here for the two-day Global Leadership Forum.“The only thing that might be more difficult than the Apollo programme was trying to fake it,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the Global Leadership Forum here yesterday.Asked by Malaysian astronaut candidate Zaid Zahari, 32, which he considered to be his greatest achievement – landing on the moon or getting back to Earth safely – Armstrong said it was a “superior moment” when he set foot on the moon.This was because he believed the Apollo 11 had only a 50% chance of a successful landing in its first attempt.The final approach, he said, was a very difficult part of the flight and no computer software had demonstrated this flight before.“When we touched down on the surface, recognising that that was the goal of one-third of a million people working for nearly a decade, and all that people sharing in the satisfaction of reaching that goal, was a superior moment.”Armstrong said he was “elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised that we were successful.”Armstrong, 75, also denied he had heard the Muslim call to prayer on the moon and had converted to Islam.He said he believed that going to Mars was “technically do-able,” but it would take about another 20 years for it to happen.
Jadi benarkah Neil Armstrong pernah mendengar Adzan di Bulan? Kalau menurut apa yang terekam oleh The Star Malaysia, Neil menyatakan sendiri bahwa ia tidak pernah mendengar suara Adzan di Bulan, dan tidak pernah berpindah agama ke Islam. (byms)Sumber: The Star Online.