Where Were You During the 1969 Moon Landing?

Musicvid wrote on 7/20/2019, 7:19 PM

I was in a hotel in Austria during a college music tour. The locals got tired of me switching the channel in the day lounge. That was also the summer of the Stonewall Rebellion. I don't recall its anniversary getting nearly the airtime this summer.


Dexcon wrote on 7/21/2019, 6:53 AM

In Australia, the moon landing took place at 12:56 pm on Monday 21 July 1969. I was a 1st year tertiary student back then, and after the middle morning class (I still remember the exact classroom - now long gone and replaced with a new building), everybody went home to watch the landing, as I did on my 21" B&W TV. Actually, I had set up my stereo reel-to-reel tape recorder and recorded the audio of the entire Apollo 11 mission at 1 7/8 mono flipping several 1200' Brand 5 polyester 1/4" tapes to use all 4 tracks (both directions) - I had tapped the leads to the TV's internal loudspeaker with an appropriate resistor in line to control the signal level. I've still got those tapes but don't have a properly functioning reel-to-reel tape machine to see if the tapes still play back (at least they are not acetate tapes because they could be dust by now).

Today, Sky News Australia took a feed from NASA's 50th anniversary real-time 're-run' of Neil Armstrong's first step on to the moon.

I have heard many times of the years, including 50 years ago as well as today, that Australia saw the moon landing and walk ahead of the rest of the world (by about 1/3 second) because the transmission from Apollo 11 came through Australia's Honeysuckle Creek tracking station, one of 3 tracking stations for the moon missions as I learnt very recently from docos on FTA, the History Channel and the Nat Geo Channel.

 I am so very privileged to have witnessed the moon landing/walk 50 years ago via the miracle of TV.

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adis-a3097 wrote on 8/8/2019, 7:31 PM

The world didn't exist before my birth, duuh...🤓

john_dennis wrote on 9/3/2019, 8:21 PM

I was pulling tower guard on the perimeter of Camp Radcliffe, An Khe Republic of Viet Nam. I remember telling a Montagnard soldier that “there is a GI on the moon”. He didn’t believe me.


I still have two open reel tape drives if you want your tapes digitized. They don’t do 1-7/8” per second, but I could record it at 7-1/2 at 96kHz 24 bit and slow it down in Vegas.

Musicvid wrote on 9/3/2019, 10:18 PM

@john_dennis wins the prize for best response.

Those old tape drives (I tried to fix one) worked when they worked.