In 2009, Jason Kottke built a site where you could watch the first moon landing as it happened, second by second, just 40 years late. Today, on the 43rd anniversary of the moon landing, you can still watch “live” coverage by Walter Cronkite, unfolding on YouTube just as it would have if you were clustered around your black and white TV set in 1969. Sometimes I love the internet.
Moon landing coverage starts at 4:10 p.m. Eastern time, the Eagle actually touches down at 4:17, and the moon walk starts at 10:51. Here’s the full sked:
Moon landing broacast start: 4:10:30 pm EDT on July 20
Moon landing shown: 4:17:40 pm EDT
Moon landing broadcast end: 4:20:15 pm EDT
Moon walk broadcast start: 10:51:27 pm EDT
First step on Moon: 10:56:15 pm EDT
Nixon speaks to the Eagle crew: approx 11:51:30 pm EDT
Moon walk broadcast end: 12:00:30 pm EDT on July 21
Dang, that’s a long time between the landing and the walk! See, these are the things you don’t learn unless you watch it in real time.