Retro Ramblings: First Moon Landing: July 20th 1969

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“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Today’s date, July 20th marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by the United States. It is estimated that 500 million people worldwide watched the live telecast of the landing. I was ten at the time, and I remember my father setting up his camera on a tripod in front of the TV to capture the exact moment when Neil Armstrong jumped down to the surface. In total, twenty-four American astronauts have traveled to the Moon, with twelve walking on its surface. But at the time, the first walk was a very big deal, and I am not sure what kind of technological event it would take to attract that much attention today.

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Last updated: Jul 20, 2009
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