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Apollo 11: ‘The greatest single broadcast in television history’

Armstrong and Aldrin unfurl the US flag on the moon, 1969

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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin unfurl the US flag on the moon, 1969

The mesmerising television coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago brought previously unthinkable images and ideas into the homes of millions, leaving a profound impact on pop culture and the American psyche.

When the Eagle spacecraft touched down on the moon’s surface on 20 July 1969, a television camera mounted on its side captured the first tentative steps and words of astronaut Neil Armstrong and sent them across hundreds of thousands of miles to hundreds of millions of pairs of eyes glued to television sets.

Walter Cronkite, anchoring the CBS network coverage of the Apollo 11 mission, was initially

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