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  1. Mike Broos says:

    Hi Dave: I heard you and Mike Lynch talking about the Apollo 11 landing this morning and I remember watching them landing in the afternoon and then actually walking on the moon earlier than Mike had stated so I looked the landing up on Wikipedia and sent you this information.
    Thanks for the great reporting your provide each day as I ride to work!
    Mike Broos
    At 02:39 UTC on Monday July 21 (10:39pm EDT, Sunday July 20), 1969, Armstrong opened the hatch, and at 02:51 UTC began his descent to the Moon’s surface. The Remote Control Unit controls on his chest kept him from seeing his feet. Climbing down the nine-rung ladder, Armstrong pulled a D-ring to deploy the Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) folded against Eagle’s side and activate the TV camera, and at 02:56 UTC (10:56pm EDT) he set his left foot on the surface.[21] The first landing used slow-scan television incompatible with commercial TV, so it was displayed on a special monitor and a conventional TV camera viewed this monitor, significantly reducing the quality of the picture.[22] The signal was received at Goldstone in the USA but with better fidelity by Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station in Australia. Minutes later the feed was switched to the more sensitive Parkes radio telescope in Australia.[23] Despite some technical and weather difficulties, ghostly black and white images of the first lunar EVA were received and broadcast to at least 600 million people on Earth.[24] Although copies of this video in broadcast format were saved and are widely available, recordings of the original slow scan source transmission from the moon were accidentally destroyed during routine magnetic tape re-use at NASA. Archived copies of the footage were eventually located in Perth, Australia, which was one of the sites that originally received the Moon broadcast.

    After describing the surface dust (“fine and almost like a powder”),[21] Armstrong stepped off Eagle’s footpad and into history as the first human to set foot on another astronomical body. It was then that he uttered his famous line “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”[25][26][27][28][29] six and a half hours after landing.[1] Aldrin joined him, describing the view as “Magnificent desolation.”[30]

    Armstrong said that moving in the Moon’s gravity, one-sixth of Earth’s, was “even perhaps easier than the simulations… It’s absolutely no trouble to walk around”.[21]

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