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July 20, 2011 AT 11:01 am

42nd Anniversary of the Lunar Landing

20 July, 1969.

Above, CBS’ now-classic coverage of the Apollo 11 Landing with Walter Cronkite.

Also check out this short clip of James Burke doing the BBC coverage of this event. Note how, in 65 seconds, Mr. Burke clearly conveys more actual information than modern newscasters do in an hour.

Happy Moon Landing Day!


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4 Comments

  1. Mom and Dad propped me up in front of the TV 42 years ago to watch this. To me, the most powerful visual in the clip is Wally Schirra misting up when they land.

    FWIW, James Burke’s superpower is conveying complicated information clearly and concisely. His shows were a huge influence on me.

  2. “To me, the most powerful visual in the clip is Wally Schirra misting up when they land.”

    I agree 100%. That always gets me too.

  3. 400,000 people got Neil and Buzz to the moon. My Dad and Uncle were two of them.

  4. I was up late- way past my bedtime (I was 8) watching this on an old Admiral 19″ B&W teevee with my family.
    July 20 is also my dear, departed Dad’s birthday, who was yet another of the 400,000 who made this happen.
    He worked at Grumman in Bethpage- a mere 7 miles from our home in Farmingdale. Several years later, he took me to Plant 5 at Bethpage, to see one of the last LEMs being built inside of an enormous clean-room.

    That’s why I became an engineer.

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