THE MOON LANDING 1969
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Channel 4 has put together a week of programming to celebrate this monumental event.
50 years ago the world came together to see if we could complete our greatest adventure ever. Sourcing incredible news archive from around the world as well as exclusive NASA footage, our programming, which includes documentaries, shorts and on-line programming will re-tell the extraordinary story of ambition, bravery, anticipation and achievement that captured the world’s imagination some 50 years ago.
With testimony from those who were there, the documentaries will tell the story of this historical feat in forensic detail, giving the viewer the feeling of following the event in real time.
MOON LAUNCH LIVE
13 July at 8pm
Moon Landing Live gives viewers the chance to re-live and experience one of mankind's most dangerous and greatest adventures. We tune back into communications between Mission Control and the Apollo 11 spacecraft live on the morning of the 20 July 1969: the day when mankind first attempts to land on the moon. We follow the final stages of the mission, filled with nail-biting suspense, as the aircraft separates and Michael Collins remains in lunar orbit with no idea if he will have to travel back to Earth alone, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin negotiate the final descent to the lunar surface. Extraordinary footage collected from the astronauts' two cameras shows the US flag erected and the astronauts' call back to Earth with President Nixon. After all the celebration subsides, the tension mounts again as they begin the journey to get the men home safely. Worldwide news reports cover the dramatic lunar lift-off, journey home and re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. And once the astronauts' capsule safely splashes down into the Pacific, we can reflect on this human achievement: a common endeavour that brought the world together.
MOON LANDING LIVE
Monday 15 to Friday 19 July at 7.55pm
and Saturday 20 July at 6.55pm
We’ll be showing a daily mission update from the astronauts and Mission Control, as part of Channel 4's real-time live stream of Apollo 11's five-day mission to the moon, continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
SPECIAL ONLINE and MULTI-PLATFORM EVENTS
We’ve created a special one-stop webpage where you can catch up on our programming and more (from 13 July) here https://www.channel4.com/programmes/moon-landing-live
And, don’t miss our special digital highlight where we’ll be live stream the Apollo 11 mission minute-by-minute, from the moment of blast off on July 16th until the astronauts leave the moon on July 21st. The mission will play out in real time, 24 hours a day on the Channel 4 YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/channel4). The broadcast will be made up of six days of NASA recorded audio communications between Mission Control and the spacecraft, footage and still images taken by the Apollo 11 crew, along with specially-created graphics and reconstruction where needed to tell an immersive story entirely from the crew’s point of view.