To mark the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing in July 1969, Buzz Aldrin relives the dangerous and dramatic moments of the final descent to the lunar surface. The programme features unique oral archive from NASA, broadcast on British radio for the first time, and the recollections of people from around the world who remember the historic event.
From The Guardian
Last night, Buzz Aldrin presented Walking On the Moon, for Archive on 4, the opener of a week's-worth of moon landing programmes. This is the kind of documentary I like, where voices and atmosphere merge and follow without the need for explanation. Buzz himself, gentle but authoritative, was enrapturing, and it was he we heard first, his words skimming out over a dreamy musical backing.
"I always felt incredulous about the entire project," he said. "On the nights when the moon was out and full, I would look up and say to myself, How could it possibly be?" Straight after, another speaker: "1969. I was watching the thing on a black-and-white television, which had valves. You could still crank a car if it didn't start."
It was an atmospheric, yet journalistic beginning, and the documentary continued in the same vein. "Journalists kept asking, How do you feel?" said an astronaut's wife. "Well, you felt differently at any given moment... You just had to say, Proud, thrilled and happy." Six hundred million people watched the Apollo 11 launch.
-- Miranda Sawyer
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