Monday, July, 20th, is the 40th anniversary of one of greatest achievements of the last century. On that day, more than 500 million people worldwide watched Neil Armstrong take his “giant leap for mankind”, becoming the first man to step foot on the powdery surface of the moon.
Want to teach your children more about this historic event (or learn more about it yourself if you are part of the space shuttle generation)?
To celebrate the anniversary, NASA has set up a special multimedia website with interactive presentations about the moon landing, including an “audio time capsule,”—the streamed recordings of the communications between the astronauts and ground team from the entire Apollo 11 mission. The broadcast is already up and will continue until July 24 at 12:51 p.m, when the astronauts returned to earth.
The Canadian Air and Space Museum will also celebrate that day by honouring the vital contributions of Canadians to this important milestone including those of Owen Maynard, a Canadian in charge of NASA’s Lunar Module Program.
If you’re on Twitter, you can receive tweets from Houston control updating the mission’s progress at twitter.com/ap11_capcom
May we also recommend a viewing of two great films: The Dish (2000) a comedy based on the true story of a group of Australians manning the Parkes Radio Telescope, one of the largest dishes in the world, who were responsible for relaying the footage of the moon landing to televisions across the world, and In the Shadow the Moon (2007) a documentary that brings together the surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon to tell their story in their own words against remastered original NASA film footage.