NASA Apollo 11 Audio, Restored Video Available Online
July 16, 2009 — Forty years ago today the historic Apollo 11 mission got under way, climaxed by Neil Armstrong setting foot on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. The world watched – and listened – as Armstrong uttered two of the most memorable quotes of the 20th century: “The Eagle has landed,” and “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”
As Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins flew Apollo 11 to the lunar landing, communications between the crew and Mission Control were broadcast live as they happened. But Earthlings did not hear everything, including the private conversations between the famous trio. But it was all recorded aboard the Command Module Columbia and Lunar Module Eagle.
NASA recently digitized and this week made the actual onboard audio recordings from the Apollo 11 mission available online. Listen to the recordings and view the transcripts at the NASA website.
NASA also has restored several historic video clips from that mission – including Armstrong’s and Aldrin’s first steps on the moon and the raising of the American flag.