Armstrong: NASA 50th Anniversary

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Armstrong: NASA 50th AnniversaryUS astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died aged 82. A statement from his family says he died from complications from heart surgery he had earlier this month.

He set foot on the Moon on 20 July 1969, famously describing the event as "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind". Last November he received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award.

Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander and first person to walk on the moon, guides us through the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the half-century since its establishment in 1958.

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28 Comments / User Reviews

    Paul MacLeod
  1. Paul MacLeod

    Truely inspirational accomplishments at NASA throughout its 50 years, shame they retired the Space Shuttles but due to lack of funding it was inevitable. When will and who will take up where these guys left off and go back to the Moon? If we are reaching for Mars and beyond, then the Moon is the obvious launch pad and test bed for Humans to colonise other worlds.
    On a more somber note, R.I.P. Neil Armstrong. :'(

  2. lakhotason
  3. lakhotason

    Great soundtrack. I thought the line from The Doors' "Touch Me" was particularly poignant for the first moonshot.

    "What was that promise that you made"

    President Kennedy's promise to land a man on the moon and return him safely.

  4. dmxi
  5. dmxi

    a man that truly could look back with pride at his achievements he strived for in in peace & enjoy from above the prosperous doings of the next generations with the same ambitions.

  6. whoopi_goldberg
  7. whoopi_goldberg

    if we had been on the moon 40 years ago we would still be going there today.. that's human nature. obviously endless scientific and technology advances to be made on the moon, cant wait till we go for real!!

  8. dmxi
  9. dmxi

    i do understand your scepticism but deep down it's embarrassing to question the integrity of great men's achievements as it has the odour of jealous children in spite!

  10. Greg_Mc
  11. Greg_Mc

    I was going to comment on whoopi's inane post, but your response was more than sufficient.

  12. dmxi
  13. dmxi

    @greg the mac
    cheers,i believe goldbergs comment is 'whoopi' enough making any response
    inane itself.i love scepticism,but sometimes one should be sceptic of ones own scepticism !

  14. ulickmcgee
  15. ulickmcgee

    Good documentary.The night Neill Armstrong died i looked at the moon and never seen it shine as bright.

  16. Matt van den Ham
  17. Matt van den Ham

    This documentary made me realize how radical of a man JFK was...It's just jaw dropping to think that he wanted to push his country in that direction at that point in time. How could he or America actually think in such radical terms? I think they've lost a bit of that spirit to be honest. The world in general seems to be thinking in much less radical or progressive terms.

  18. dmtrnol
  19. dmtrnol

    I had the same impression.

  20. Jack1952
  21. Jack1952

    I wonder, if at the time, if there were those who disbelieved Columbus's claim of finding the Orient by sailing west. After all, everyone knows to sail west you would eventually sail off the ends of the earth. You can't fight science.

  22. whoopi_goldberg
  23. whoopi_goldberg

    jack, be cool..

    i'm not particularly into the conspiracy's for or against, just feel that we would maintain a presence there..

    why has no other country gone?

  24. john kay
  25. john kay

    because the russians were there

  26. Jack1952
  27. Jack1952

    The reason no other country has gone is the expense with no financial reward in sight. The Americans did it for prestige and to prove to its citizens that they were still superior to the Soviets and they had nothing to fear when it came to communist aggression. The political climate does not exist today in the same way that it did back then.

    When the time comes that it would be less of a financial burden and there would be a substantial material gain in maintaining a presence there, nations will begin to invest in starting bases on the moon.

  28. Sertsis
  29. Sertsis

    I think that NASA's Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions were a display of America at her finest,... And Neil Armstrong's landing, her finest hour.

  30. James Robert Edwards
  31. James Robert Edwards

    Well made, thank you. Ya know, does anyone get amazed like I do when I realize this country [as the USA] is ONLY 236 years old?; look how far we've come since our founding fathers.

  32. Common_J
  33. Common_J

    I still tear up when i hear Kennedy's speech and get bumps all over when i hear the famous words " one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

  34. Common_J
  35. Common_J

    Russians dropping bombs from space...motivation

  36. MrTemp0
  37. MrTemp0

    Do you people know there is a mineral on the moon that can end the use of coal and power cities for 1 year with a small amount.
    Its fact but they are still in the process of working out how to transport it back to earth.

  38. Qui
  39. Qui

    Interestingly no one speaks of the first man in the space which was Juri Gagarin. Think of it :)

  40. burritolikethesun
  41. burritolikethesun

    It's a little more complicated than that.

  42. awful_truth
  43. awful_truth

    A great documentary that covers the history of American space travel. Interestingly, what puts this program over the top is the great choice of music chosen to accompany the timeline of information. (Rolling Stones, Jim Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Heart, etc) Good stuff TDF, keep up the good work!

  44. awful_truth
  45. awful_truth

    How sad it is that some people don't understand the reality of what was. What is likely not true, is that you are really Whoopi Goldberg. With that said, since we have not been back to the moon in over 40 years, I understand your disbelief. May I suggest you actually research the history, and than you can respect what they actually accomplished, at the time they did it.

  46. astromann
  47. astromann

    Exactly....The whole Apollo
    program, was totally faked and the benefactors included many corporates at the
    enormous expense of the US
    tax payers, and the USA
    administration which continually seeks world political domination. Recent
    shocking revelations about extent of global spying by the NSA tells us that
    nothing USA
    says can ever be taken face value. Manned space travel will never happen. It's
    simply too dangerous in the absence of necessary technology we will ever have.
    Neither the nuclear nor the thermo physics stacks up. In terms of mechanical
    statistics, it's a no brainer. There is no independent evidence of the so
    called landing...whatsoever. Dream the dream...but face reality... people.

  48. Brad
  49. Brad

    "Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked."

    gets me everytime. As a 25 year old I feel that I have gotten the shaft in terms of charasmatic presidents delivering historic speeches.

  50. hi-bro12
  51. hi-bro12

    it was good

  52. Muhammad Arif
  53. Muhammad Arif

    How much interesting it would have been if Mr. John F. Kennedy was living in July 1969 ! ! . . . . . . . . . . .The moon landing is the result of a great hard work by a great nation ! It is a proof of American world leadership.

  54. J
  55. J

    To the disbelievers in this comment section...
    Most people who claim that the moon landing never happened forget that 12 men have walked on the moon, not just 2. They also tend to forget the huge numbers of people behind these launches - if the earlier mentioned NSA leak proved anything, it proved that a large secret can't be kept between that many people. Thousands of engineers were responsible for the moon landing. Hundreds would have had to have known for it to be faked. One of them, on their deathbed, would have admitted the truth.
    As for why we haven't gone back recently - it's already been said, there's just no political or financial motivation at the moment.

    So please, do some research before making unrealistic claims.

    Great documentary, by the way. Very informative.

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