July 20, 1969 – Neil Armstrong describes the Moon, original transmission of audio
After astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped on to the Moon’s surface he provided a nice description of what he saw.
Listen to the original radio transmission of his description.
73 seconds | Mp3 | 1.1 mb
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Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo ll mission commander, at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module “Eagle” on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. took the photograph with a Hasselblad 70mm camera. Most photos from the Apollo 11 mission show Buzz Aldrin. This is one of only a few that show Neil Armstrong (some of these are blurry).
Image credit/description: NASA
Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface at 02:56:15 UT on 21 July (10:56:15 p.m. July 20 EDT), stating, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. He then collected a small contingency sample of lunar material. Aldrin followed 19 minutes later, calling the lunar surface “Magnificent desolation”. The astronauts then unveiled the plaque mounted on a strut behind the ladder and read the inscription aloud: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the Moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” They put up an American flag and talked to President Nixon by radiotelephone. The astronauts deployed the EASEP and other instruments, took photographs, and collected 21.7 kg of lunar rock and soil. The astronauts traversed a total distance of about 250 meters, both ranging up to about 100 meters from the LM. They took two core tube samples of lunar soil and packed these along with the lunar samples and the solar wind experiment into the sample boxes. Aldrin returned to the LM first, after 1 hour 41 minutes on the lunar surface, Armstrong followed about 12 minutes later, at 05:09:32 UT, after transferring the sample boxes up to Aldrin and placing a packet of memorial items on the ground. The EVA ended at 5:11:13 UT when the LM hatch was closed. Armstrong and Aldrin spent the next 7 hours resting and checking out systems.
Text source: NASA