As the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission left Earth, landed on the moon and made the long trip home, The New York Times sent photographers to capture the excitement and wonder of people watching the journey.
People who did not own TV sets or found themselves away from home kept up with the coverage from bars, town squares and department stores, said David Meerman Scott, the co-author of the 2014 book “Marketing the Moon.”Many astronauts and engineers resisted the live-broadcast plan, expressing concerns about the extra weight of the filming equipment.
But at NASA’s insistence, Armstrong’s moonwalk was captured by a Westinghouse camera covered in a protective thermal blanket and tucked into the lunar module.
In the United States, NASA had spent years molding its astronauts into mythic figures, giving Life magazine exclusive access as part of its attempt to shape public opinion.
Americans became emotionally invested in the crew members thanks to cover stories documenting the “making of a brave man” and the “inner thoughts and worries” of the spacemen’s wives.“That had a large effect in showing how big a deal it is to go to space, and it helped to make the astronaut-as-celebrity culture come alive,” Mr. “You’d flip through magazine pages and see Joe Di Maggio, a hero of baseball, and then a few pages later, an astronaut.
All three major American broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — covered the Apollo 11 mission, with CBS dominating the ratings.
In the United States, 94 percent of people watching television were tuned into the event.Lunar rock samples are simply composed of too many foreign materials for any scientist to recreate, even for the government.Moreover, the lunar rocks have been inspected internationally by a myriad of scientists.Networks in the United States rounded out their coverage with hours of analysis and moon-related entertainment.On ABC, the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov chatted with Rod Serling, the creator of “The Twilight Zone” television series.The Apollo 11 mission of 1969 marks the biggest leap in technological advancements for humanity.Neil Armstrong is seen taking the first steps on the moon forever making his mark in humanity.However, theories surrounding the moon landing have come to light.Conspiracy theorists say NASA, the National Aeronautics Space Administration, have faked the Apollo 11 moon landing.As the Eagle module touched down on the moon, applause flared up behind Mr.Banow in the CBS News studio on West 57th Street in Manhattan. It was really kind of a relief.”The coverage of the event had come about thanks to recent advances in media technology.