July 16, 1969

CBS NEWS Coverage of the Launch of Apollo 11 Part 6 (The Launch)

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From July 16th 1969 Walter Cronkite reports live from the Kennedy Space Center

Apollo 11 crew
Commander : Neil Armstrong

Command Module Pilot : Michael Collins

Lunar Module Pilot: Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.

 

 

 

 

From July 20, 1969 Man On The Moon – Apollo 11- Cronkite Broadcast Pt3 (video) Reactions from around the world are worth watching between 3:00 minutes and 6:47 minutes.
 

 
Related: 45 years later, Glenn takes a poignant look back at the Apollo 11 launch (video)

…Think about how small man is in the vastness of space. Here’s Cronkite on television in 1969, just an hour before we launch into the heavens and a week before man touches the moon for the very first time, and he lays it all out. Stage one: It’s going to take off at 9:32. Two hours later, another rocket boost will hurl that capsule all the way to the moon. Then they will circle the moon. Then they’ll land on the moon. And then on Monday – you want to talk about must-see TV – man will forever be remembered. This one man, just a regular guy from America, will actually be the first man to set foot and touch the face of the moon. And because Americans believed it could be done, they did it…

 

 

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