With TV still too basic in 1969, the Moon landing found its true home on radio

TV coverage was limited to the moon walk
TV coverage was limited to the moon walk Credit: Nasa

An estimated 600 m people around the world watched the Moon landing live on television in 1969, the pictures grainy and indistinct. I was born in the Eighties and my earliest memories of learning about the event are mostly sound: the roar of the blastoff, the hush of the journey punctuated by equipment bleeps and crackling American-accented radio transmissions, and, at last, “the Eagle has landed”, and Neil Armstrong’s awed voice announcing one giant leap for mankind.

The Apollo 11 Moon landing couldn’t have happened without radio communication and radio is the perfect way to experience the wonder of it afresh. Everywhere you turn on the radio at the moment, someone from Nasa is marking the 50th...

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