One small step

July 20, 1969:

This is great: Apollo 11 landing: Flight Director loop (left channel), Air-to-Ground (right channel)

From the Project Apollo Archive’s multimedia page.

Here’s some info on the Apollo 11 Program Alarms which we hear them calling (and worrying about).

Other fun stuff:
626-page transcript of air-to-ground communication
Apollo 11 Image Gallery
Apollo 11 Press Kit (and Part 2)
Apollo 11 Flight Plan

Pic from the JSC Digital Image Collection


  1. WHAT? We landed on the moon? You guys are so gullible! That whole ‘moonlanding’ thing was a scam to cover up the placement of bombs in the basement of what would soon become the World Trade Centers. I can’t believe you guys fell for this.

  2. Buckethead – I can’t see the secret word thingy one your site in order to post snide attempts at humor.

  3. Strange. That will certainly cut down on feedback. While I send out a crack team of HTML whittlers to track down the problem, you can always register to be a member of Perfidy. That way you can duck the secret word and become eligible for stupendous prizes.

  4. I can’t believe it’s been 38 years since the moon landing. Too bad I was not old enough to comprehend it. It amazes me today when I see people who take it for granted we landed on the moon. I think with all the star trek & wars entertainment, the moon landing looks lame in comparison. There was a great episode of the Simpsons that pointed this out. Here is an interesting website that simulates the DSKY computer like the one used on the moon landing. I love the ‘Verb/Noun’ nomenclature of this computer.

  5. Damn, that’s a classic example why a software programmer should never be allowed to design a user interface. I remember watching the launches on TV. It was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. They’d wheel the TV into our classroom so we could watch. There wasn’t a lot of need to explain the value of science and math in those days. Today you study those subjects so you can be a waste-of-air systems engineer trying to write a ‘shall statment’ to govern the activity of each pixel on a display screen. F’ing leaches. No wonder it takes 25 years to make a fighter operational.

  6. There’s a saying in aerospace that’s rather long involving the appropriate ettiquette for a drunk employee. I won’t bore you with the whole thing, but it ends, ‘and if I fall down, I will fall on my face so noone can see my (fill in the name of your company or government agency) badge.’ I wonder if the asstronauts are familiar with this industry lore? A panel reviewing astronaut health issues in the wake of the Lisa Nowak arrest has found that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly after flight surgeons and other astronauts warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk. The panel, also reported ‘heavy use of alcohol’ by astronauts before launch, within the standard 12-hour ‘bottle to throttle’ rule applied to NASA flight crew members. A NASA spokesman declined comment on the findings, which were obtained by Aviation Week & Space Technology. The spokesman said a press conference has tentatively been scheduled for Friday afternoon on the issue. At the direction of Administrator Michael Griffin, NASA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard S. Williams set up the panel to review astronaut medical and psychological screening after Nowak was arrested in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 5 on charges of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping for allegedly stalking and threatening a woman who was dating another astronaut. The attempted murder charge was subsequently dropped.