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    It Was 50 Years Ago Last Month

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    That's certainly good schnit Al... Thanks for posting that.
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    I heard a speaker one time talking about how prophetic HG Wells was about space travel and his illustrations were even pretty close to the future rockets, perhaps somewhat a self-fulfilling prophecy. But, he pointed out, no one predicted that when the moon landing happened millions of people would be watching it in their homes on television.

    My Dad and I were glued to the TV the whole time.
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    I saw Apollo 11 lift off while my folks & I were in Scotland (my mom's home country) and then the landing & moonwalk the afternoon & evening after we flew back home. Both via small b&w TV sets…we upgraded to color later in '69. :) As with lotsa other people, I suspect, there was a special feeling in looking up at the moon while knowing other humans were walking (and later riding) around on its surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    I saw Apollo 11 lift off while my folks & I were in Scotland (my mom's home country) and then the landing & moonwalk the afternoon & evening after we flew back home. Both via small b&w TV sets…we upgraded to color later in '69. :) As with lotsa other people, I suspect, there was a special feeling in looking up at the moon while knowing other humans were walking (and later riding) around on its surface.

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    THAT 50th anniversary's next month....
    And while I was thrilled at the fact of it, I felt the TV coverage was somehow anti-climactic, being of such poor quality.
    Maybe I was spoiled by all the National Geographic articles covering the Gemini missions, with incredible photography.
    What I've seen on recent documentaries has been so cleaned up digitally that it no longer conveys just how primitive the picture quality was at the time.
    I seem to recall barely being able to make out that it was a man on the ladder of the lander, and thinking about it, audio was just as "good"....
    Barely 2 years later and it was just another golf destination:
    How Alan Shepard Tricked NASA and Hit the Most Famous Shot in History

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    I remember it well! Exciting for a 10 year old boy!

    I'm no "non-believer" but I've never seen a good explanation for how they got that video of Armstrong taking one small step. It's coming from outside the module! Some sort of robot arm?

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    I found your answer:

    The Neil Armstrong's "First step on the Moon" was filmed by a camera installed on the MESA (Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly) at the side of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) descent stage that Neil Armstrong had to pull a lanyard to unlock the pallet and make it drop open. A switch inside the LM, operated by Buzz Aldrin, then activated the TV camera which was installed there:


    Source: https://space.stackexchange.com/ques...the-first-step


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    I saw Alan Shepard speak in Auburn Hills years ago, at the "Loctite Space Camp" golf outing. He told the story of how he finagled the whole golf shot thing. He closed by saying "and I can honestly say that I left my balls on the moon."
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    Thanks John!

    BTW the new CNN documentary about Apollo 11 was excellent! Lots of new film clips and very well presented.

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    I'm still waiting for flying cars...

    McGuinn's Rick sounds like a banjo ;)
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