Low on fuel and off course. Relive Apollo 11’s touchdown.

As we quickly approach the 50th year anniversary of Apollo 11’s remarkable feat of touching down on the surface of the moon (July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC), I wanted to relay this stunning recreation of the event by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC news) web page. I would suggest that anyone even with a smidgen of interest in the commemoration events of Apollo 11 might find this form of visual and audio recreation of the landing in itself a minor miracle. It’s as though we are sitting along side the protagonists both in the lunar module and those technicians back at home as it approaches the moon.  Also, I hadn’t known that the most critical call on the Apollo 11 mission came minutes before the landing. So Ladies and Gentlemen buckle up for the ride and relive one of humankind’s crowning achievements (click on the image):

Apollo 11 touchdown

‘The Eagle has landed’

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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14 comments on “Low on fuel and off course. Relive Apollo 11’s touchdown.
  1. badfinger20 says:

    That was great and informative. Error 1202 geez…Glad Nasa didn’t let them know that they were unsure. I didn’t know all of that happened.

    • Yes, it is wonderfully immersive. It’s surprising the events in the lunar module aren’t more widely known. Neil Armstrong’s composure was something to behold.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I couldn’t help but laugh when his heartbeat zoomed up…nor do I blame him!
        Again it shows you what mankind can do if they are pulling together…unlike today in some respects.

      • Watching his heart rate change in real-time while listening to and reading the accounts was fascinating! Ok that’s it, I’m going to down all tools and watch ‘First Man’ today. I hope you are continuing to improve Bad.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I am thank you! Have a good time… I saw Yesterday last night…I liked it.

      • Great news Bad!
        I’m glad you liked the movie, ‘Yesterday’. Based on what I have gleaned and read about it I’ll probably wait that movie out a bit. I’m not a big fan of the director. I’m probably more set on watching ‘Blinded by the Light’. I’ll see both eventually.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I usually wait but…hey it was The Beatles…and my son wanted to see it bad.

      • The main thing is you enjoyed it and you had a good father-son experience. It helps if also you are big fans of the Beatles! Hehe

      • WILL's NEWS says:

        First Man was good… but the recent doc that was in theatres called simply ‘APOLLO 11’ was best IMHO. Scripted movies are great, but if you really want to live the truth of that mission, the documentary is it. With the exception of music, they only use audio and video from the launch. Check it out if you have time!

      • Thank you very much for your recommendation. I was meaning to see it on Thursday. but I will be going to see it today at 12.00pm. I can’t wait. Cheers.

  2. Absolutely riveting account from ABC thanks!

  3. hanspostcard says:

    I can’t imagine being the decision makers on that.

    • Yes, as you would have read, if it was up to the engineer in charge of the system, it might well have been aborted. I suppose being just so close and having come so far and without any system malfunction per se they were ‘Go’ to land. Still as you say, imagine what was going through their minds during that 30 second pause!

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