Moon Landings | Looking back to NASA's Apollo lunar missions
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 08 May 1969
DURATION | 3 minutes 50 seconds
When the Apollo 11 astronauts return to Earth, they will enter quarantine for almost a month. Though most scientists believe there's little chance that 'space bugs' exist, every safeguard is being taken, just in case. Dr Perser Bell, the manager of the quarantine facility, explains to Reg Turnill (pictured above) how the astronauts will live during their time in isolation and describes some of the tests they'll undergo.
The oft-quoted speech made by Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the moon's surface has dogged him ever since. Though everyone at home heard him say a tautological 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind', Armstrong himself has always insisted that he actually said 'one small step for a man', which is more grammatical. In 2006, computer programmer Peter Shann Ford claimed to have isolated the speech and identified a trace of the word 'a' that had been obscured by transmission static. Armstrong issued a statement to the effect that he found Ford's analysis 'persuasive'. However, subsequent research released in June 2009 supported the original interpretation - 'one small step for man'.
Man goes into space - next stop: the moon!
An astronomer states the case for putting telescopes on the moon.
Is there life on the moon?
Reg Turnill explores NASA's quarantine facilities.
What will the Apollo astronauts actually be doing on the moon?
Was the race to get man on the moon a waste of money?
A British scientist awaits samples of moon dust.
Remembering the moon landings and exploring the solar system.
An interview with former NASA chief Dr Thomas Paine.
Reg Turnill reports on Apollo 15's discovery of the 'Genesis Rock'.
A Christmas conversation about the moon.
How 13 women were blocked from joining NASA's space program.
Michael Portillo revisits the race to the moon.
Looking back to 20 July 1969.
Which will be the next nation to reach the moon?
Why should any nation need to go to the moon again?
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of 'The Sky at Night' with Eugene Cernan.
The artist astronaut of Apollo 12.
The Apollo 16 astronaut finds his way on the moon.
The scientist astronaut of Apollo 17.
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