MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10502 posts, RR: 38 Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
Yes I remember it quite well. I was in Corsica as every summer at the time.
I had to hyke up to a mountain where they had the big TV antenna and station to watch the Moon landing. There was no TV in the house. A lot of people from the village did the same. Everybody wanted to see the lunar module landing and first steps on the Moon.
What struck me most was the flag that did not move a bit and stood still. I had never seen anything like it ever before. All stayed up in the TV plant for the whole of the broadcast. It was all black and white TV at the time which I thought was very nice.
We all hyked back down to the village with flash lights when the show had ended talking about everything we saw during the live cast making some stops looking at the sky. It was sort of like we had our own trip to the Moon.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2776 times:
I listened to the landing live on the radio, aged nine. I was at school in Hong Kong at the time and the "powers that be" shepherded us into the assembly hall to listen. Most were a bit pissed off at the disruption but a few of us had been following since the Gemini programme and were enthralled. Of course, it was the 21st July there.
Cheers to the former Sek Kong Primary School. After the handover, it was occupied by the Chinese military and was teeming with satellite dishes.
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3): What struck me most was the flag that did not move a bit and stood still.
And yet there are those who swear it kept moving. I'll have a pint of whatever they're drinking.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10502 posts, RR: 38 Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2761 times:
Also I thought they were going to plant a United Nations flag on the Moon as I thought the Moon belonged to all and not only to the country that sent the human beings who walked on her for the very first time.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2140 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2723 times:
I had turned nine years old a month earlier (24 June - yes, it's my birthday tomorrow, and yes, I'm old!) I was home with my parents and younger sister, glued to the TV, watching it all unfold. I even remember taking photos of the TV screen with my little Kodak 126 Instamatic camera (my first foray into aviation photography!) I'll have to try to find those old prints - probably somewhere in my parents' house.
Canadi>n From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
I was 10 years old and sitting in front of a b/w TV in Bogota, Colombia. My family and I had only been in the country for three weeks, so my Spanish was virtually non-existant. Luckily, a lot of the feed being shown on the local station was in English, so we could figure out what was going on. As a side note, the broadcast was sponsored by Avianca and a beautiful model of a 707 sat on the anchor's desk throughout the broadcast. I think that was what triggered my interest in commercial aviation.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13602 posts, RR: 63 Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
Quoting HT (Reply 12): Approaching my 2nd birthday, I have no memory of this historic date.
Oldest program on TV I can remember are daily reports of the Vietnam War on TV news, read by Karl-Heinz Köpcke.
I was about 2 1/2 years old at the time, so I don´t have any memories (and AFAIK, we didn´t have a TV at this time anyway). About one year later we had a black and white TV and I was allowed to watch the subsequent moon landings, something which really influenced me. There exists a picture of myself in a miniature toy spacesuit and if I look into the old folder of pictures I drew in kindergardten (my mother neatly filed them away at this time and I recently upearthed this folder), I noticed that most of the pictures I drew up to the age of 10 were either rocket launches or vulcanic eruptions (my dad was a geologist).
At the age of 5 I knew all the astronaut´s names and wanted to become one as well.
Concering my TV memories, I also remember the news from Vietnam and the Jom Kippur war.
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2605 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5): Also I thought they were going to plant a United Nations flag on the Moon as I thought the Moon belonged to all and not only to the country that sent the human beings who walked on her for the very first time.
In the middle of the cold war/space race! You're kidding right?
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9629 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
Man, most of you folks are REALLY young. I was 21 and in the Air Force, stationed at Travis AFB, CA. My first wife and I had only been married a short time and we watched the moon landing on a small, portable TV set that didn't have a very good picture to start with. We had to put blankets on the windows to cut down on the light just to get a decent view.
"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12675 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
I was 14 years old at the time, remember watching it in B&W on a 21" TV set with my Dad in the living room of what is still my mom's house. The ultimate goal of the Space program, the dream of millions over the centuries would be realized. I believe I watched the coverage on CBS TV network, led by Walter Cronkite (who is still alive but quite ill). Defenitely one of the most important (and good) events in my life.
Ronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 624 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
I remember it as though it was yesterday. It was a Sunday. I was 20 years old, working on the icebreaker CCGS Alexander Henry for the summer. We were tied up in the harbour at Midland, Ontario for the weekend. Just about the entire crew was sitting in the mess watching Walter Cronkite on CBS throughout the afternoon and evening.
I remember Aldrin or Armstrong saying "we're picking up some dust" just before they landed. That made it all seem very real to me.
There wasn't any jubilation or cheering in our crowd when the actual landing occurred - just a few "wow's" and head shakes - a real sense of admiration for what the Americans had done!
25 Cs03: At camp WOHIKA in Danby, Vermont. No radio/TV.............
26 WarRI1: I was 31 at the time, married and had a 2 year old Daughter, still married and now have a 42 year old Daughter. Tempest Fuget!
27 Kent350787: I was watching TV with mum and dad - another 4yo here..... Funny that the signal was coming from the moon to Parkes in central western NSW (about 4.5