One Small Step

Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the surface of the moon as a part of the Apollo 11 mission with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. That event is rightly remembered as a televised one: Walter Cronkite himself later said the landing was “almost as remarkable a feat for television as the space flight itself.”1

However, the audio itself is also pretty interesting, and thanks to NASA and the Internet Archive you listen to the entire mission. The big moment—”One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”—happens starting at the 11:13 moment of the following clip:

The complete audio for many other missions is available for streaming and download via the NASA Audio Collection.

  1. Walter Cronkite, A Reporter’s Life, p. 277.

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