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Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Watch the astronauts walk on the moon

The mesmerising television coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago brought previously unthinkable images and ideas into the homes of million. They left a profound impact on pop culture and the American psyche.

When the Eagle spacecraft touched down on the moon’s surface on 20 July 1969, a television camera mounted on its side captured the first tentative steps.  Also the words of astronaut Neil Armstrong and sent them across hundreds of thousands of miles to hundreds of millions of pairs of eyes glued to television sets.

In the aftermath of the mission, Nasa worked hard to promote its activities and cement its legacy. But during the 1970s both the public and the media began to question the costs associated with space exploration.

Yet the cultural impact of the moon landing proved, without question, profound. “Dark side of the moon,” “the eagle has landed,” and “one small step for man,” permanently entered the American lexicon.

Do you remember the moon landing?  What were you doing at the time?  As a younger person what are your thoughts about the space journey?

video: BBC

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