NASA just made thousands of hours of Apollo 11 tapes public for the first time

NASA just made thousands of hours of Apollo 11 tapes public for the first time

When Apollo 11 descended from the heavens, touching down on the moon on July 20, 1969, three brave men became immortals, the types of men forever remembered for a single act that defined their storied careers. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins might be the names we associate with that first mission to the moon, but it was a team of engineers, analysts, supervisors, and experts who ultimately got them there.

Today, for the first time ever, NASA has released over 19,000 hours worth of audio from this historical mission.

The original record of each voice on the 30-track recordings

Included are digitized versions every conversation, from the mundane to historic sound bites like Armstrong’s famous line: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” (There’s significant debate whether the quote was properly documented. You can read more about the difference a single letter can make over at Snopes.)

If you’ve got roughly two years of time to kill, you can find the recordings at NASA’s archival page, or the UT Dallas ‘Explore Apollo’ website.

via Lights in the Dark

Explore Apollo on University of Texas Dallas

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