Moonwalk One (1972) Movie Script

A million mornings forgotten
by the mind of man.
Dawn remembers again the
magic circle. Stonehenge.
Magic circle. Observatory.
Temple aligned with
the rising of the Sun
and the turning of the heavens.
Stones from afar brought by man
to this place where no stones
were before. More
than 3000 years ago.
Apollo 11, 15 July 1969,
Cape Kennedy Florida.
The night before the great day.
(song lyrics) We're going to the
Moon together. Pack your bags
and jump into the car. Going
take a trip to tell you where
you are. Good bye mother. So
long mother. So long mother.
Goodbye mother so long mother.
So long mother Earth.
Good bye mother, good bye
mother Earth. Goodbye mother
Earth. So long mother Earth.
Six million pounds of machine.
Thirty six stories tall.
Nearly ten years work of
half a million people.
Through the night it was
check listed, double checked,
electronically monitored,
computerized, televised,
dehumanized of human error.
While the night of celebration
was ending, the day began
for the astronauts. Breakfast,
medical examination,
suiting up.
Neil Armstrong,
commander Apollo 11.
Edwin Buzz Aldrin,
Lunar module pilot.
Michael Collins,
Command module pilot.
Slayton said everything
is going as smoothly....
Far across the Indian River,
12 miles away. The rocket.
At 6:32 am three hours
before launch on Pad 39A.
Armstrong and Aldrin walked
on the surface of the Earth.
Their next steps would
be on the Moon.
Spectators rolled in by the
thousands. Campers, trailers,
cars and pick ups filled the
camp sites and the beaches.
Lined the highways, lined the
parkways, nose to tailgate.
Cape Canaveral to Titusville.
The television picture at home
would be closer than the view
from Coco Beach. Why
did they come here?
..very satisfactory from
launch this morning.
Thin cloud covered about
15000 feet. Temperature
at launch time expected to
be about 85 degrees. T minus
one hour and twenty nine minutes
thirty seconds and counting...
Propellant load pressure
and temperature.
Digital transmission worldwide
tracking. Stabilization
and guidance. Radio
frequency telemetry
and voice communications. Signal
condition and integration.
Space craft electrical power.
Flight control. SIVB
propulsion stage monitoring.
S1C S2 propulsion stage.
Every important valve gauge
and circuit was continually
monitored at launch
control centre throughout the
twenty eight hour countdown.
Count down still going well.
T minus fifty five minutes
ten seconds and counting.
This is Kennedy..
Among the six thousand special
guests, were vice president,
next president, two plane
loads of the diplomatic corps
from Washington, two hundred
and five US congressmen,
nineteen governors, thirty
senators, fifty mayors
from cities across the
country, movie celebrities
and television personalities
and another two plane loads
of dignitaries from Europe.
Around the world,
another morning.
Not so very different
from the morning before
or tomorrow morning.
This day on which man will leave
Earth to walk on the Moon.
Three billion people went
about their daily lives.
Some in the way in their
ancestors did centuries before.
Others in a world shaped
by modern technology.
It seemed that most people
were unaware that this event
might change the history
of the human race,
that this morning would be
marked in history books
and learned by their
children's children.
At what age of man will the
meaning of this morning
be understood?
This is Apollo Saturn and
launch control. We passed
the six minute mark on our
countdown for Apollo 11.
The flight to land the first men
on the Moon. We are on time
at the present time for our plan
lift off on thirty two minutes
past the hour. Coming up
shortly that swing arm up at
the space craft level will
back to its fully retracted
position which should occur
at the five minute mark
in the count.
The swing arm now coming
back as our countdown
continues... informing the
astronauts that the swing arm
now coming back. Four
minutes and counting.
We are go for Apollo 11.
We will be coming up on
the automatic sequence about
ten or fifteen seconds
from this time. The vehicle
starting to pressurize as far as
the propellant tanks are
concerned and all is still go
as we monitor our status for it.
Firing command coming in now.
We are on an automatic
sequence as the master
computer supervises hundreds
of events occurring over
these last few minutes.
Two minutes ten
seconds and counting.
Oxygenizer tanks in the
second and third stages now
have pressurized. T minus one
minute thirty five seconds.
The third stage completely
pressured. T minus sixty seconds
and counting. We passed T minus
sixty. Fifty five seconds
and counting. Neil Armstrong
reported back when he
received the good wishes.
Thank you very much.
We know it would be a good
flight. Good luck and God Speed.
Forty seconds away from
the Apollo 11 lift off.
All the second stage
tanks now pressurized.
Thirty five seconds and
counting. We are still go
with Apollo 11. Thirty seconds
and counting. Astronauts
report it feels good. minus twenty five seconds.
Twenty seconds and counting.
T minus fifteen seconds.
Guidance is internal.
Twelve, eleven, ten, nine
ignition sequence fire
six, five..
Standby for mode one Charlie.
Mark, mode one Charlie.
One Charlie.
This is Houston you
are go for staging.
On board cut off.
On board cut off.
Staging. And ignition.
Houston, thrust is go. All
engines are looking good.
Roger. Read you loud
and clear Houston.
We got skirt sep.
Roger we confirm skirt sep.
Towers gone.
Roger Tower.
When Apollo was safely under
way, control of the mission
was switched to Houston. The
months of tightly focused work
at the Cape were over. It could
honestly be said that this was
the culmination of the
dreams and fantasies of men
and women over twenty five
centuries of recorded time.
And Robert Goddard, the
American rocket pioneer.
Yanky inventor, dreamer,
they called him the Moon man
and laughed. But on his own,
he went ahead designing,
inventing, and testing.
His first proving grounds
were on his Aunt Ethyl's farm
in Alborne, Massachusetts.
The neighbours complained.
With a grant from
Daniel Guggenheim,
he moved to New Mexico
with his wife Esther
who was also his camera woman.
Goddard had invented
and launched the world's first
liquid propellant rocket
in 1926 and in the end
he accumulated more than
two hundred patents
for everything
from multistage rockets to fuel
pumps and clustered engines.
By the year 1930, his rockets
achieved a speed of five hundred
miles per hour and an altitude
of two thousand feet.
This was the year in which
the three Apollo astronauts
were born.
Goddard had a vision
of the age of space,
but the world was too slow to
make it happen before his death.
Thank you Robert Goddard
for your inventiveness
and perseverance. For most
people, a trip to planets
was easy. All you needed was
a ten cent movie ticket
and a nickel bag of popcorn.
Retard your speed to one half.
What was that?
I don't know.
One of killer king's ship
coming up fast behind us.
Come men.
Thanks for saving us.
Stand back!
You're prisoners!
Uh-oh. Here they come.
You better put
in reverse Doc. Oh Flash!!
What science fiction in the
childhood of the space age
could've guessed the shape of
reality? The Saturn five rocket.
Three stages, twenty
eight stories tall,
with eleven engines as
powerful as all the waterfalls
in North America combined.
Years in the planning,
months in the building and
testing, the Saturn first stage
lived but two minutes,
forty one seconds.
Staging and ignition.
Eleven Houston, thrust is go.
All engines are looking good.
I Roger you loud
and clear Houston.
Two minutes, forty one seconds.
Time to throw Apollo
forty miles up into the sky
and then an empty shell
to fall back into the sea.
We got skirt sep.
Roger we confirm skirt sep.
Tower is gone.
Roger tower.
Neil Armstrong confirming both
the engine skirt separation
and the launch escape
tower separation.
Hey Houston, Apollo
11 and Saturn
gave us a magnificent ride.
Ah roger 11 we'll pass that on
and it certainly looks like
you're well on your way now.
11 Houston, your guidance is
converged, you're looking good.
Down range one
hundred forty miles.
Altitude sixty two miles.
- Mission control in Houston,
Texas had taken over from launch
control at Cape Kennedy
for the duration
of the eight day mission.
The complicated technology
of Apollo Saturn evolved
from an ingeniously simple
concept. Lunar, Orbit,
Rendezvous. This requires a
rocket made in many pieces
that discards the useless
weight of each piece
when its function is completed.
The flight began with a vertical
lift through the heavy lower
atmosphere and a
tilt to the east
at six thousand miles per
hour the empty first stage
is discarded to save weight.
So is an adapter ring
in the unused escape tower.
With the second stage firing,
it reaches fifteen
thousand miles per hour
when it too is jettisoned.
The third stage places Apollo
in Earth orbit at seventeen
thousand four hundred
miles per hour.
When the space craft has
been thoroughly checked out
by the crew, the third stage
fires again. Its speed now
tearing at free from the
grip of Earth's gravity.
While coasting outward the
command service module
separates and docks for
access to the lunar module.
And the empty third
stage is left behind.
Apollo losses speed
throughout nine tenths
of its journey until the Moon's
gravity overcomes the pull
of Earth. Apollo fires
in reverse direction.
Slowing down enough to
be captured in orbit
about the Moon. Armstrong and
Aldrin entered the Lunar
module Eagle which separates
leaving Collins in the command
service module in Lunar orbit.
Eagle slows still more and
breaks to a touch down
on the lunar surface.
After the Moon walk. The
upper stage of the Eagle
lifts off leaving behind the
now useless landing stage
and swings into orbit to
dock Columbia once again.
When the crew and Moon
samples are transferred
to the command service module
the lunar module is discarded.
The command service module fires
itself out of lunar orbit
and falls back to Earth.
As it approaches the
re-entry speed of nearly
twenty five thousand
miles per hour,
the service module drops away.
The command module
plunges into the atmosphere
protected by its heat shield.
Slowed still more by the
heavy lower atmosphere
it parachutes into the sea.
The command module, Columbia,
is all that remains
of the original three thousand
tons of rocket fuel and cargo.
Apollo 11 this is Houston over.
While in Earth orbit, the
Apollo crew had less than
two hours to check out all
their space craft systems.
The last chance to discover
and correct any malfunction
before the third stage
engine is restarted to break
them free of Earth. The
translunar injection.
We're ten minutes
away from ignition
and translunar injection.
Apollo 11 this is Houston.
You are a go for TLI over.
Apollo 11. Thank you.
Roger out.
Apollo 11 this is Houston,
slightly less than one minute
to ignition and
everything is go.
Roger. Ignition.
We confirm ignition
and the thrust is go.
Apollo 11 Roger.
Guidance looking good.
Velocity twenty six thousand
feet per second.
Telemetry and radar
tracking both solid.
Velocity twenty seven thousand
eight hundred feet per second.
Through the window of
the command module,
the Earth gently slipped away.
Apollo 11, this is Houston.
Thrust is good.
Everything is still
looking good.
Twenty nine thousand feet
per second building up
toward thirty thousand
feet per second.
Apollo 11 this is Houston.
Three and a half minutes
and you're still looking good.
Your predicted cut off
is right on the nominal.
Deep space tracking antennas.
A third of a world apart.
Listen to Apollo and spoke to
Apollo. As the Earth turned,
at least one of them would
have contact with Apollo
at all times except for when
it passed behind the Moon.
Thirty four thousand
feet per second now.
Altitude one hundred fifty two.
Thirty-five thousand feet
per second. Cut off.
With sling velocity thirty five
thousand five hundred seventy
feet per second.
Altitude one hundred seventy
seven nautical miles.
At three hours eleven
minutes into the mission,
distance from Earth three
thousand one hundred forty
nautical miles.
The SIVB is reported in a stable
altitude for the separation.
Apollo 11 this is Houston.
You're go for separation.
OK... will be coming... down.
My tendency is to use
bottle primary one for
proven checklist,
therefore I just turned down.
- Roger we concur
with the logic.
We are awaiting
confirmation of separation.
We confirm the separation
here on the ground.
Apollo 11 this is Houston,
radio check. Over.
The Goldstone station
reports a very weak signal.
We believe that Mike Collins
is now manoeuvring the space
craft in the transposition
and docking manoeuvre
and the antenna patterns
aren't too good at the moment.
So we have a weak
signal strength.
The command service module
separated and turned
around to dock with the
Eagle of the lunar module.
Apollo 11, Apollo 11 this is
Houston broadcasting on upline.
Request Omni bravo if you
read the request. Omni bravo.
Apollo 11, this is
Houston, how do you read?
Apollo 11 this is Houston
radio check over?
Roger we are copying you
about five by two very weak.
Can you give us a
status report please?
Loud and clear Mike and we
understand that you are docked.
That's right.
Apollo 11 Houston. We
recommend you accept a noun
forty nine continue through
your sequence of sightings
and then we'll analyse the
data afterwards over.
On board was a fourth brain.
A small computer called DSKY
which solved problems and
helped for the long sequences
of systems checks and
data exchange with Earth.
Houston, Apollo 11, star
forty has just disappeared
now in the sextant.
Could you turn your angle
to forty seven... high.
Apollo 11, Houston we like
you to press on the star
forty four over.
Yeah. Roger.
They found their way across
the sea of space navigating
by the same stars that guided
Columbus to shores unknown.
11, Houston we copy.
Two good marks. Over.
OK. Drogue removal
is coming next.
Neil Armstrong up in the
tunnel at this point removing
the probe and drogue
assembly, in preparation
for the ingress into
the lunar module.
OK. It's moved now. Coming down.
After docking pressure was
equalized. The hatch was open
so that the crewmen could
float through the tunnel
between the two craft to give
Eagle a detailed inspection.
Its navigation,
communication, propulsion,
and life support systems.
Hey ah vehicle is surprisingly
free of any debris floating
around it. It's very clean.
Three days falling to the Moon.
Free of the gravity
of Earth. No up or down.
No day or night. A sense
of stillness while travelling
at the speed of a meteor.
Is that about how long it
will be before you start
closing the LEM back up? Over.
An invisible speck in the night.
Somewhere between here
and there constantly
monitored from Earth.
Within this tiny space craft a
temporary Earth environment.
Warmth, air, food, water.
Everything necessary
to sustain life.
Beyond these fragile walls
nothingness. Absolute cold.
An end to life.
The most important function
of the space craft, life.
Was also monitored constantly
through telemetry.
The heartbeat and breathing
of each astronaut.
Although each breath was
thirty thousand feet farther
from Earth than the breath
before it. Should one heart
flutter it would at once be a
matter of concern to millions
worlds away. Unlike any other
place man had travelled before,
space could provide
him with nothing.
It is a vacuum. Devoid of every
element needed for life.
To send man into this
nothingness to protect him.
It was first necessary to define
him. What is the human machine?
How does it function?
What is the nature
of its nervous system? It's
respiration? It's circulation?
Digestion? Sight? Hearing?
Balance? Its endurance?
HEARTBEAWhat gasses to breathe should
he take with him from Earth?
What atmospheric pressure suits
him best? Is it possible
to give him a more efficient
atmosphere for space travel
than nature provides on Earth?
The Moon is two hundred
and fifty degrees hot
in Sunlight and two hundred
forty degrees below zero
in the middle of its night.
How long can a man bake
or freeze? What
protection will he need
from this inhuman environment?
What strains will the heart
take when the pressure
of gravity is removed
from the limbs?
What protection will the body
need from sudden deceleration?
Or acceleration?
Man's sense of direction, speed,
and balance are easily fooled.
Can his mind be trained
to ignore false signals
from his senses?
We were defining the physical
man in absolute terms.
Once we knew Man's limitations,
we could build him
an artificial environment
for space travel.
Columbia, the Command Module
was a supreme achievement
of the technology of its age.
It was a mini planet complete
with its own environmental
control system,
electrical power, guidance,
navigation, stabilization,
propulsion, reaction control.
It provided hot and cold water,
and removed carbon
dioxide from the air.
Three men could live here for
more than a week. Eat, work,
sleep, shave, exercise,
and listen to music.
It was micromedia proof,
burn proof, and sea worthy,
and it could tilt itself in any
direction. In short it was
the most intricate and
sophisticated machine
ever made by man.
As for man however, was stuck
with the original model.
All we can do is add an outer
layer of things he does not
naturally have. Space medicine
showed us where man is
vulnerable and we learned
to compensate for most
of the weaknesses
with technology
and careful workmanship.
I made boxing gloves before
I came here and the fact is
I was an experienced sewer but
I had to learn all over again
because ah it was completely
different from what I had
sewed before. This was getting
right down to a sixty fourth
of an inch and where I sewed
before you just sewed on
a production line.
And this here is quality
more than quantity.
- Like we always think, our
job is the hardest.
Whatever we're doing we
got the hardest job.
But when they say, well
who maybe do so and so,
and you'll find out that
job is harder than yours.
And a lot of times we're
sewing or making things
and maybe the girl next to you
she is doing the same thing
but we never see the suit
put together. We don't know
whether this part goes or
the other one don't know
where the other part goes.
Like the gloves, if they
give a glove to sew
you wouldn't know
where to start.
- Well when they're up there
in space, you know what parts
you've worked on and you
just say well I hope that part
don't fail because I'd feel
it was my fault if it did.
- My sentiment, just what Hazel
said, well I just wondered
if my pair of gloves
was what he had on.
- So if you make a mistake, if
you don't admit it you have
to think about the astronaut
too. Like a needle hole
in a bladder or something
like that. Well if you don't
admit that, that would be on
your conscience all the time
seems to me. Cause I remember
Armstrong and all them used
to come in and they would
look around to see
what we were doing.
Once in a while they would
talk to us and we'd get them
to sign their autograph. Some
of them were real comical.
We got a kick out of them. We
all want to talk to them again.
I remember one of them going
down the isle and everybody
looked at him, looked at him
afraid to talk. I said hi buddy.
- Oh. I'd love to go into space.
I think it would be
really thrilling. Just to
get in there and just blast off.
I'd love to go to space
and just live there.
Everyday you get up. You
come to work. You go home.
You clean house. If you go
out there, there's no house,
no kids, no problems!
I like to ride an airplane and I
think I'd like to go into space.
And I'd like to wear our
own suit that we make.
I think I can depend on it.
After body electrodes have
been attached to monitor
heart beat and breathing,
the first items of clothing
are the water cool underwear
and a urine collector.
A space suit is basically a
sealed bag of atmosphere.
Stiffened balloon pumped up
to counteract the vacuum
of space. It might be
called a one man space ship
of the smallest
possible dimensions.
The pressure suit has to guard
against extreme temperatures.
Hard radiation from the Sun and
tiny meteorites, yet it must
have the flexibility to allow
man to function as he would
in his natural
Earth environment.
The back pack cleans and
cools the suit's oxygen.
Cools and circulates water
through the water cool underwear
and provides radio
Over the pressure helmet
is a clear visor.
Then a gold coated visor to
protect against micro meteors
and solar radiation.
The final test was how would
the suit work in the silent,
weightless world of space?
Weightlessness on Earth
can be experienced only
under water or in an airplane
following a parabolic
flight path.
The only true test
was in space itself.
No up or down. No day or night.
Only the slow creeping
of the harsh Sunlight through
the windows as the space craft
rotates to keep from getting
too hot on one side
and too cold on the other.
They carried with the them the
biological day of the Earthling.
Three meals, a snack or
two. Eight hours of sleep.
Time to work. Time to relax.
Time to reflect.
Three days falling
upward to the Moon.
Look down. Look down.
That fragile bubble of life
afloat on a sea of nothing.
Space ship Earth.
Plus zero zero one niner
zero roll is your option.
Pitch two one three
three five seven.
Noun forty four is NA.
Zero zero one niner seven.
Zero zero three zero zero
one five two.
Apollo 11 this is Houston.
I got the morning news
here if you are interested.
Yeah we sure are. We are
ready to copy and comment!
OK first off looks like it
is going to be impossible
to get away from the fact
that you guys are dominating
all the news back here on Earth.
Even Pravda in Russia is
headlining the mission and calls
Neil the Tsar of the ship.
I think maybe they got
the wrong mission.
Among the large headlines
concerning Apollo this morning,
is one asking that you watch for
a lovely girl with a big rabbit.
Very interesting!
Hello there. An ancient
legend says a beautiful
Chinese girl called Chango
has been living there for
four thousand years. It
seems she was banished
to the Moon because she stole
the pill of immortality
from her husband.
You might also look
for her companion,
a large Chinese rabbit who
is easy to spot since he is
always standing on his
hind feet in the shade
of a cinnamon tree. The name
of the rabbit is not reported.
Okay, we'll keep a close
eye for the bunny girl.
And in Corby England, an
Irishman John Coil has won
the world's porridge eating
championship by consuming
twenty three bowls of instant
oatmeal in a ten minute
time limit from a field of
thirty five other competitors.
I ought to enter Aldrin into
the oatmeal eating contest
next time. He's on
his nineteenth bowl.
Back here in Houston, Mayor
Louise Walsh promises
the lifting of lawn
watering restrictions
if the rains continue.
And the big news around
Houston today concerns
the Astros. In the sports world
the Houston Astros rallies
in the ninth inning at
Cincinnati. They lost
to the Reds seven to four.
Your three wives and children
got together for lunch
yesterday at Barbara's house.
And according to Pat
it turned out to be a fine fest.
President Nixon is finding
the use of the executive
power to streamline
the inner state
commerce commission.
It was reported Nixon
would trim...
- He was later in the week
enthusiastically welcomed
at the Jackie Geese and
Golf match in Miami,
Florida where local
residents celebrate...
- As air pollution
reached critical levels,
the senate unanimously backed
a national environmental
policy act to make
the safe guarding
of the physical environment.
- Astronauts are not the
only explores in the news.
San Diego awaits the arrival
of Mrs. Sharon Adams
on her solo crossing
of the Pacific.
Seen here leaving Yuko....
- California couple said they
plan to marry at the precise
moment Armstrong sets
foot on the lunar...
- In Vietnam, things
are relatively quiet.
With only a few fire fights.
Eight hundred fourteen
men of the third
battalion sixtieth...
- GI's north of Saigon were
evacuating villagers...
- In the Mecon Delta, a
south Vietnamese force...
- New riots broke out in
Northern Ireland during
the celebration marking the two
hundred and ninety seventh
anniversary of the battle of
Boyd. A protestant victory
over the forces....
Witnesses in its investigation
of student disorders
that took place at Harvard
and other Universities
last spring. Ten thousand
Harvard students.....
- Registration for the black
panther party convention
being held at Party
Headquarters in Oakland....
- The White House, Quakers
had gathered to continue
their silent vigil against...
- The grand Prix of auto
races at Watkins, New York
and the two hundred track in
Jersey were won by world famous
Mario Andretti who now takes
the lead in US auto club....
- Vanty poverty workers out of
Charleston, West Virginia
are taking information
about birth control
and family planning into the
mountains of Appalachian.
A new line of space toys drew
impressive crowds of children
of all ages in the Tokyo
department stores
on the Eve of Apollo's touch....
- In the Mid East, young
Jordanian Guerillas
train for battle while new
skirmishes broke out...
- retaliation to Israeli
assaults, a force of thirty two
Egyptian commandos, slipped
across the ceasefire...
- From the US defence
One point five million Biafrans
have now succumb to....
Zero zero seven five
eight plus all balls.
Plus zero zero zero niner eight.
Plus correction zero zero
five seven two plus zero zero
zero eight five zero zero
seven six four. Zero three
zero zero zero zero two niner
three nine eighty six minus
zero zero seven five niner.
Apollo went into orbit
around the Moon.
The journey that had taken
the lifetime of Mankind
was nearing its crucial moment.
Apollo 11, Houston we're
wondering if you started
into the LEM...over.
Okay Charley, we're in the LM.
The stocking index
mark is the same.
Roger we copy.
Houston, Apollo 11,
Apollo 11 Eagle, over.
The Lunar module Eagle was
again given a thorough
check out to ensure the
functioning of all systems.
As Armstrong and Aldrin
prepared to seal themselves off
from Collins, in the command
module and for the two
craft to pull apart.
- One two three four five
five four three two one.
Houston out over.
Okay. It's go there
Capcom on the hot fire.
OK all flight controllers going
around the horn on a go
no go for undocking.
OK Retro?
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
Capcom we're go for undocking!
Hello Eagle Houston
we're standing by over.
Eagle Houston we see
you on the... over.
Roger. Eagle Undocked.
Roger how does it look?
The Eagle has wings.
The Eagle has wings.
On its own now but with
Columbia near at hand,
it coasted around to the
back side of the Moon.
And there while out of direct
communication with the Earth,
it fired its engine to slow
its decent to a touchdown
on the near side of the Moon.
Collins in Columbia continued
in orbit awaiting their return.
Okay all flight controllers go,
no go for landing.
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go!
- Go.
- Go.
Capcom we're go for landing!
Altitude forty two hundred.
Houston you are go for landing.
Go for landing. Three
thousand feet.
You're looking great.
How you doing control?
We're look good here, fine.
How about you Telecom?
- Go!
Guidance you happy?
- Go!
- Go!
Two thousand feet.
Into the AGS. Forty
seven degrees.
Forty seven degrees.
Still looking very good.
You're go.
Bracket alarm.
Bravo one.
Bravo one.
Roger 1201 alarmed.
1201 alarmed.
Same type. We're go flight.
OK we're go.
We're go. Same type. We're go.
Altitude sixteen hundred.
Eagle looking great.
Roger 1202 we copy.
35 degrees. 750
coming down to 23.
540 feet out of 15.
315 feet down at four.
Altitude, velocity light. 8
and a half down. 220 feet.
... forward. Coming down nicely.
4 1/2 down and 5 1/2 down.
100 feet 3 1/2 down 9 forward.
75 feet.
Guys looking good down a half.
Six forward. 60 seconds.
Lights on. Forward, Forward.
Forty feet down 2 1/2.
Picking up some dust. Big
shadow. Four forward.
Drifting to the right a little.
Thirty seconds.
Contact right. Okay engine stop.
We copy you down Eagle.
Houston, ah, Tranquillity base
here. The Eagle has landed.
This is Apollo control Houston
at one hundred and five hours.
Down in the flight of Apollo 11.
Now our current plan
is to have crew members
aboard the Eagle to eat
and relax for a little while
prior to starting EVA prep
so we won't know with certainty
or have a reasonable
time until about
an hour before...
And the world waited.
July 20th, 1969.
It is said that five hundred
million people gathered
at TV sets around the world to
wait for the first Earthling
to set foot on the Moon.
Countless millions more listened
on the radio to the
voices from the Moon.
Houston, ah, this is Neil.
Radio check.
Neil this is Houston
loud and clear....
Never before had so many
people been attuned
to one event at one time.
The world waited.
Curious, wondering, aware
like a sleeper wakened in the
night by a far away sound.
A moment sensed more
than understood.
OK Neil. We can see you
coming down the ladder now.
Okay, I just checked getting
back up to that first step.
It's not even collapsed too
far, but it's adequate
to get back up.
Roger we copy.
I'm at the foot of the
ladder, the LEM footpads
are only depressed
in the surface about
one or two inches. Although
the surface appears
to be very very fine grained
as you get close to it.
It's almost like a powder.
It's very fine.
OK. I'm going to
step off the LM now.
That's one small step for man.
One giant leap for Mankind.
That's one small step for man
yet one giant leap for Mankind.
Ah that looks beautiful
from here now.
It has a stark beauty all
of its own. It's like much
of the high desert of
the United States.
It's ah different but it's
very pretty out here.
Are you getting a TV
picture now Houston?
Neil, yes we are getting
a TV
OK ready for me to come out?
All set.
Okay I am on the top step
at the very simple matter
to hop down from one
step to the next.
You got three more steps
and then a long one.
Okay I am going to leave
that one foot up there
and both hands down about
the fourth rung up.
There you go.
A little more about another
inch. Hey you got it!
That's a good step.
Beautiful view. Ain't
that something?
Magnificent sight out here.
Very very fine powder isn't it?
Isn't it fine?
And Neil, didn't I say we
might see some purple rocks?
And the purple rocks.
Yes. Very small
sparkly fragments.
Okay Houston, I'm going
to change lenses on you.
Roger Neil.
You're going too fast
on the panorama sweep.
You're going to
have to stop for...
I haven't stop. I haven't
set it down yet.
That's the first picture
in the panorama.
Okay I am going to move it.
Tell me if you get
a picture Houston.
We got a beautiful picture Neil.
Okay we got that one.
Okay. There's another good one.
For a final orientation,
we'd like it to come left
about five degrees over.
Okay that looks good there Neil.
Buzz is erecting the solar
wind experiment now.
Every precious minute of
their two and a half hours
on the surface was programmed.
Rock and soil samples
were to be collected.
Photographs taken.
Experiments set up to catch
unfiltered particles
from the Sun. To record
Moon quakes. To measure
precisely why laser beam
reflection the exact distance
between Moon and Earth.
Columbia, Columbia. This
is Houston AOS over.
Houston, Columbia over.
Roger the EVA is
progressing beautifully.
Setting up the flag now.
I guess you are about
the only person around
that doesn't have TV
coverage of this scene.
That's alright. I
don't mind it a bit.
They've got the flag up now
and you can see the stars
and stripes on Moon.
Beautiful just beautiful.
How is the quality of the TV?
Ah, it's beautiful Mike.
Really is.
I'd like to evaluate the
various paces that a person...
travelling on the lunar
surface can make. You do have
to be careful to keep track of
where your centre of mass is.
Sometimes it takes about two
or three paces to make sure
you got your feet
underneath you.
At about two of three to four
easy paces can bring you
to a fairly smooth stop. Like
a football pro just have to
cut off to the side a
little bit. A kangaroo hop.
That works on your
forward stability,
but not quite as good.
It could get rather tiring
after several hundred
but this may be a
function of the suit
as well as a lack of
gravity forces.
I noticed in the soft spots
where we have footprints
nearly an inch deep that
the soil is very cohesive
and it will retain a slope
of probably 70 degrees
on the side of the foot print.
Buzz is making his way
around the LEM photographing
it from various angles. Looking
at its conditions on all sides.
Now right here in this area
there are two craters.
The one that is right in front
of me now is as I look off
in about the eleven o'clock
position from facing that.
It's about thirty to
thirty five feet...
Roger Out.
In the foreground Buzz Aldrin is
collecting a core tube sample.
I hope you're watching
how hard I have to hit
this into the ground to the tune
of about five inches Houston.
It almost looks wet.
Ah, Buzz this is Houston.
You've got about ten minutes
left now prior to
commencing your EVA
termination activities. Over.
Roger. I understand.
It's marvellous.
- Absolutely fantastic.
- The first person on the Moon.
You know it's just too much.
I can't get over it.
- I don't know how to put it.
You know, but it's most
marvellous thing it's a miracle.
- This is... I don't know.
- We are really thrilled.
- For every American this
has to be the proudest day
of our lives. And for people
all over the world...
- I think it's great. Really
great for the whole world.
- This means a lot to all the
countries not just for America.
- And being out of it and being
closer to the Moon makes us
realize that we're all
human beings together.
I hope this brings unity
amongst all countries.
And I just hope it
helps you to solve
all the internal
problems you may have.
- Well I think it is a waste of
a lot of money that could be
used for something else.
They holler about the people
being on starvation.
- It's huge amount of money
American spend to see
what the Moon is like.
What's for?
- It's disgusting. It's a
pity that they haven't got
something else to do. Been
better if they done something
for the old-uns.
- What if Columbus had decided
that he just couldn't get
the money from Isabella,
where would we be?
- That's one of God's celestial
planets and he put it in the sky
for a purpose. And he didn't
put people to clutter up
like they have the Earth.
- Myself, I'm really interested
to see what's up there.
- We must open all secrets that
are opening to us throughout
the ages.
- I think that the dream of
the man from the beginning
of the human race is coming now
Alone forty five miles
above the Moon's surface,
Michael Collins completed
an orbit every two hours.
He listened to the progress
of the Moon walk and awaited
the moment when his
companions on the surface
would lift off to
rendezvous with him.
For thirty times he saw the
Earth rise over the horizon
of the Moon. Twelve
thousand miles of twilight.
A line that divides night from
day for three billion people
on space ship Earth.
It is good to see
the whole Earth.
To see the Earth whole.
The Eagle had left the Moon
and returned to Columbia.
Within this strange ship two
astronauts and a treasure.
Triple sealed vacuum
boxes of rocks and soil
from the surface of the Moon.
Locked within these rocks
were secrets of the ages
to be studied and deciphered
by the scientist of Earth.
The age of the Moon.
The age of the Sun.
How the Moon was formed.
How life began? Was there
ever life on the Moon?
Was the Moon once molten
and volcanic or has it
always been cold and dead?
Was it once part of the Earth?
Or was it a wondering planet
captured by the Earth
eons ago?
How hot was the Sun three
billion years ago?
When Armstrong and Aldrin
with their precious load
of Moon rocks had transferred
to Columbia the faithful Eagle,
its task completed,
could be cut adrift.
Columbia fired out of lunar
orbit to begin its three day
fall back to Earth where the
recovery fleet was waiting
for its splash down
in the Pacific.
Apollo 11, Houston with a little
recovery force information.
Go ahead.
Roger. The Hornet is on the
station just far enough
off the target
point to keep from
getting hit. Recovery one....
July 24th, the Hornet was on
station and the President
of the United States was aboard.
Re-entry into the Earth's
invisible atmosphere
carries with it one of the
most critical moments.
Travelling nearly twenty five
thousand miles per hour,
the command module can
miss the angle of re-entry
by only several degrees and
disintegrate into flames
or bounce off into
space never to return.
Velocity 33,000 feet per second.
35,000 feet per second now.
36,000 feet per second.
Board entry time.
There's black out.
Apollo 11, Houston to ARIA.
Apollo 11 Houston to ARIA.
Apollo 11 Houston to ARIA 4.
Hornet reports say sonic
boom a short time ago.
Apollo 11, Houston... and ARIA
says available contact.
Apollo 11, Houston through
ARIA standing by, over.
Apollo 11, Apollo 11. This
is Hornet, Hornet over.
Apollo 11 read you loud and
clear. Our position 1330 16915.
Apollo 11 Hornet copy. 1330
1675, any further data over.
What was it we were
really celebrating?
Three men who had done what
no man before had done.
A technological feat was
believed beyond the realm
of possibility.
The fulfilment of
an age old dream?
Were we celebrating simply
because it had been
a long time since we had
anything to celebrate?
Or was this something
that touched
an irrational unthinking
instinct in us all?
A treasure of the ages.
Stones from across the night.
Unrubbed by wind.
Unwashed by rain.
Scattered on tranquillity.
Bombarded by solar particles
for billions of years
but unchanged in any other way.
A Moon rock is like
a diary of the Sun.
An eye unblinking
since time began.
It stared across
the sea of space.
It watched the blue
planet when life began.
Remembered in these rocks
are ancient Sun spots,
solar flares, solar
storms who's fiery arms
reached out a million miles.
By making ourselves
very small like Alice,
perhaps we will see what
these rocks have seen.
And remember back those
billions of years to decipher
the life of the Sun.
Locked within our Sun are
answers to mysteries
that have confounded
man since time began.
We have reached out
with our telescopes.
We have reached in
with our microscopes.
What is the source of life?
What combination of
energies and elements
brought it into existence?
What is the relationship
between the non living
and living things?
How delicate is the balance?
Man slowly begins to realize
how fragile is his bubble
of life?
Ours is one Sun in a sea
of Suns more plentiful
than all the grains of sand
on all the shores of all
the seas of planet Earth.
Now that we are free
to wander from Earth.
Perhaps we will find the
answers to our questions.
Someday we may know
where we've come from.
Where we're going.
We may know where is the end,
where is the beginning.
We have walked on the Moon.
We open our minds
to the universe.