Mysteries in the Archives: 1969 Live from the Moon

26 min 1 s
Alexandre Auque

On July 22, 1969, man walked on the moon for the first time. About 600 million people watched it live on television. In an incessant battle of technology and political nerve with the Soviets, media coverage of the Apollo 11 mission – including Neil Armstrong’s first steps – was closely prepared, orchestrated and produced by NASA from some 360,000 kilometres away. Who, for example, was filming as we watched Armstrong climb down the ladder and step off onto the moon’s surface?