look + listen + learn50th anniversary of the first moon walk

from: National Geographic + NASA
February 1, 2020

image | above

A colorized photo of the first human footstep on the moon.

In this post.

— letter

Dear readers,

For the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first walk on the moon — magazine National Geographic created a special feature with fascinating photos from year 1969.

Plus a powerful retrospective on the mission that landed heroic astronauts a famous place in world history.

To celebrate, NASA + CBS presented a two hour television broadcast of the full lunar landing — you can watch here. Venues have ongoing exhibits about the landmark event.

library editor

— feature —

publication: National Geographic
story title: Counting Down: the Apollo 11 • 50th Anniversary
deck: See 50 photos.

section: Science + Innovation
special feature: StarStruck

historic date: July 20, 1969
event: NASA mission Apollo 11 • lunar lander successfully touched-down on moon, astronauts first moon walk.

— history —

On July 20, 1969 the world held its breath as United States astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made the first steps on the moon.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark moment — we’ve curated a daily calendar of archival photographs that offer a rare + intimate glimpse at the mission and the global excitement it stirred.

National Geographic

about | StarStruck ~ by National Geographic

National Geographic is embarking on a year-long journey: exploring the past, present, and future of space exploration. Culminating in July 2019 with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, StarStruck will celebrate the feelings of wonder and limitless possibility that space exploration inspires. Join us, and don’t forget to look up.

visit: Counting Down: the Apollo 11 • 50th Anniversary


— film —

film | watch
Full footage of the historic Apollo 11 mission moon walk.

length: 3 hours
from: NASA

about | moon walk footage

The original NASA moon mission footage was broadcast in July 1969. The film shows the Apollo 11 astronauts conducting several tasks during extra-vehicular activity (EVA) operations on the moon’s surface. The EVA lasted 2.5 hours.

The Apollo 11 EVA began at 10:40 pm (Eastern time) on July 20, 1969 — when astronaut Neil Armstrong exited from the craft first. While descending to the moon, he released the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly on the lunar module’s descent stage.

A video camera on this module provided live television coverage of humanity’s first step on Earth’s moon. On their only EVA the astronauts had many tasks to do — in a short time. During this first visit to the moon, the astronauts:

  • remained within 100 meters of the lunar module
  • collected 47 pounds of samples
  • deployed 4 experiments
  • they completed all the steps successfully

After spending 2 hours + 30 minutes on the moon’s surface — the astronauts ended the EVA at 1:12 am (Eastern time) on July 21, 1969.


selected reading


1. |

NASA | home
NASA | special section: Apollo 50th • Next Giant Leap

NASA | the Apollo missions: home
NASA | the Apollo missions: Apollo 11

2. |

publication | Space
tag line:
web: home ~ channel

story title: Apollo 11 at 50

read | story

Space | Apollo 11 at 50
deck: A complete guide to the historic moon landing.


— notes —

NASA = National Aeronautics + Space Admin. — United States

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