July 20, 1969 – First man walks on the moon, original transmission of audio & video

In a technological feat never before accomplished, and will perhaps never be rivaled, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Wikipedia says:

Although the official NASA flight plan called for a crew rest period before extra-vehicular activity, Armstrong requested that the EVA be moved earlier in the evening, Houston time. Once Armstrong and Aldrin were ready to go outside, Eagle was depressurized, the hatch was opened and Armstrong made his way down the ladder first. He placed his left foot on the surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the following words:

“That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.”

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Listen to the original radio transmission of Neil Armstrong’s famous “mankind” statement [314mb in Mp3].

Watch the actual historic television footage of Armstrong’s famous first step on to the Moon [QuickTime, 5.0 mb]


~ by tellinghistory on July 20, 2007.

One Response to “July 20, 1969 – First man walks on the moon, original transmission of audio & video”

  1. Hi, I was talking to a man who worked in Telecom in the 60’s and 70’s and he posed a question about how was it possible to transmit the broadband vidio footage. Eg. who built this transmitter (manufacturer), how large was it (approximate kilograms and square meters) and what was the power source of this transmitter? How many kilowatts was it?

    I am trying to defend the moon landing and its details but do not know the answers to these questions. They do not refute the actual landing of the astronauts on the moon, only question the technologic capabilities of transmitting live video footage over 385 000 kms from the moon in 1969 with the technologies of the time. My friend says the tranmitter would have been very large and would have needed large amounts of power. Was the landing capsule large enough (obviously, to me, as they did it, but how?)

    Can anybody help me answer these questions preferably with references which I would be able to comfirm. Thanks, James

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