Exciting times, July 1969.
Apollo 11 was more than four hours into its mission and orbiting Earth at a distance of 11,753 nautical miles at this time, on this date, 40 years ago.
David shared his memories of the historic occasion with the Guardian last week; the eerie experimental piece featured in the video below is ‘Moonhead’, the jam that complimented the BBC’s live coverage.
Forget the wonders of space exploration, isn’t it amazing to think of television producers letting a band jam so freely on live TV?
Anyway, I’d love to hear your memories. Where were you, what were you doing, and, if you’re too young to have experienced the exciting event for yourself, what do you make of it all with the benefit of hindsight?
Not wishing to take anything away from the achievements of all involved, and knowing that no discussion of the lunar landings would be complete without the obligatory conspiracy theory, it’s only fair to ask: Do you believe that the three Apollo 11 astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – landed on the Moon on the afternoon of 20 July?
This is a fascinating website faithfully recreating the events in real-time. As well as live transmission and mission status updates, you can download or embed your very own mission tracker and follow developments via RSS feed or Twitter – I know that I’ll be spending many of the 98.5 hours before landing time tuned in to the comings and goings from Houston.