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Space on a screen: how do you broadcast a Moon landing?

It took more than one giant leap to share the Moon landing with the world, and Australia played an essential part in the broadcast. Here’s how it all happened.

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[Music plays and image appears of a starry night sky with the moon appearing and text appears: If you want to reach for the moon]

[Text appears: Ask the people who know the universe]

[Image appears with moon disappearing and the CSIRO logo and text appears: Australia’s national science agency]

[Image appears of an uninhabited desert landscape and text appears: For thousands of years humanity explored the earth]

[Image appears of a rainforest]

[Image appears of a starry night sky with the stars swirling and text appears: Using the stars to guide our path]

[Images appears of a mountain landscape through clouds and text appears: Dreaming one day we might discover the world above]

[Image appears of kangaroos hopping through stubble and text appears: In 1961, U.S. President Kennedy made a promise]

[Image appears of President Kennedy]

President Kennedy: I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.

[Image appears of the globe at night and text appears: IN 1968, NASA asked CSIRO to help track the Apollo 11 mission]

[Image appears of a telescope against a starry sky and text appears: We answered the call]

[Image appears of an explosion and changes to a view of the Apollo 11 launch and text appears: Less than a decade after Kennedy’s promise]

Male: Twelve, eleven, ten, nine. Ignition sequence start. Six, five, four, three, two, one, zero, all engines running.

[Image appears of the Apollo 11 launching and text appears: The world watched Apollo 11 launch]

Lift off, we have a lift off.

Buzz Aldrin: OK engine stop.

[Image appears of moon landing vehicle and text appears: 21 July 1969 AEST]

Neil Armstrong: Houston, Tranquillity base here. The Eagle has landed.

Male: Roger Tranquillity we copy you on the ground.

[Text appears: The lunar module touched down on the moon’s surface]

[Image appears of earth and text appears: As the earth spun]

[Text appears: Houston entrusted Australian facilities to continue tracking the mission]

[Image appears of Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station and text appears: NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station]

[Image appears of Parkes radio telescope and text appears: And CSIRO’s Parkes facility with its 64-metre world-leading radio telescope]

[Images appears of a control room and text appears: Monitored the astronauts’ health]

[Image appears of a graph and text appears: Tracked the spacecraft]

[Image appears of Neil Armstrong standing on the moon and text appears: And relayed the historic images]

Neil Armstrong: I’m going to step off the LEM now.

[Text appears: 600 million people watched]

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

[Text appears: As Neil Armstrong planted his left foot on the moon]

[Image appears of a parade of astronauts waving and text appears: Apollo 11 inspired generations of young people]

[Image appears of a rocket launch and text appears: To dream that they too could work among the stars]

[Image appears of earth and text appears: Since Apollo 11, space research has changed our everyday lives]

[Image appears of a rocket launching and text appears: GPS services, weather forecasting, agriculture, mining, medicine, communications and much more]

[Image shows earth focused Antarctica]

[Image shows a flaring gas planet and text appears: All enabled by humanity’s curiosity with the world above]

[Image shows a vehicle driving past the ASKAP square kilometre array and text appears: Today at CSIRO, we continue to explore the universe]

[Image appears of a geothermal map and text appears: And from space, we observe the earth]

[Image appears of a telescope and text appears: We manage the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex]

[Image appears of a satellite and text appears: And when the earth spins]

[Image appears of light beams through space and text appears: We track all of NASA’s deep space craft]

[Image appears of a planet and then an orbit line and text appears: Our team works with researchers from all over the world]

[Image appears of planets orbiting and text appears: And they still answer NASA’s call]

[Image appears of earth and a satellite and text appears: The dawn of a new era of space exploration is now upon us]

[Images move through of space, astronauts walking on the moon, and a space vehicle and text appears: Space tourism, settling on the moon, life on Mars]

[Image shows the ASKAP telescopes and text appears: It’s a new frontier]

[Image shows historical moon landing and text appears: And we will continue to help make history]

[Image shows a telescope rotating and text appears: Creating a better future for tomorrow]

[Image shows a cluster of telescopes rotating against a starry sky and text appears: To make the impossible, possible]

[CSIRO Logo appears and text appears: Australia’s National Science Agency, footage courtesy of NASA and CSIRO]

Reach for the Moon

In July 1969, 50 years ago, humankind took our first steps on the Moon. We're celebrating Australia's role in perhaps *the* most iconic moment of the 20th century.

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[Music plays and image appears of a starry night sky with the moon appearing and text appears: If you want to reach for the moon]

[Text appears: Ask the people who know the universe]

[Image appears with moon disappearing and the CSIRO logo and text appears: Australia’s national science agency]

[Image appears of an uninhabited desert landscape and text appears: For thousands of years humanity explored the earth]

[Image appears of a rainforest]

[Image appears of a starry night sky with the stars swirling and text appears: Using the stars to guide our path]

[Images appears of a mountain landscape through clouds and text appears: Dreaming one day we might discover the world above]

[Image appears of kangaroos hopping through stubble and text appears: In 1961, U.S. President Kennedy made a promise]

[Image appears of President Kennedy]

President Kennedy: I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.

[Image appears of the globe at night and text appears: IN 1968, NASA asked CSIRO to help track the Apollo 11 mission]

[Image appears of a telescope against a starry sky and text appears: We answered the call]

[Image appears of an explosion and changes to a view of the Apollo 11 launch and text appears: Less than a decade after Kennedy’s promise]

Male: Twelve, eleven, ten, nine. Ignition sequence start. Six, five, four, three, two, one, zero, all engines running.

[Image appears of the Apollo 11 launching and text appears: The world watched Apollo 11 launch]

Lift off, we have a lift off.

Buzz Aldrin: OK engine stop.

[Image appears of moon landing vehicle and text appears: 21 July 1969 AEST]

Neil Armstrong: Houston, Tranquillity base here. The Eagle has landed.

Male: Roger Tranquillity we copy you on the ground.

[Text appears: The lunar module touched down on the moon’s surface]

[Image appears of earth and text appears: As the earth spun]

[Text appears: Houston entrusted Australian facilities to continue tracking the mission]

[Image appears of Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station and text appears: NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station]

[Image appears of Parkes radio telescope and text appears: And CSIRO’s Parkes facility with its 64-metre world-leading radio telescope]

[Images appears of a control room and text appears: Monitored the astronauts’ health]

[Image appears of a graph and text appears: Tracked the spacecraft]

[Image appears of Neil Armstrong standing on the moon and text appears: And relayed the historic images]

Neil Armstrong: I’m going to step off the LEM now.

[Text appears: 600 million people watched]

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

[Text appears: As Neil Armstrong planted his left foot on the moon]

[Image appears of a parade of astronauts waving and text appears: Apollo 11 inspired generations of young people]

[Image appears of a rocket launch and text appears: To dream that they too could work among the stars]

[Image appears of earth and text appears: Since Apollo 11, space research has changed our everyday lives]

[Image appears of a rocket launching and text appears: GPS services, weather forecasting, agriculture, mining, medicine, communications and much more]

[Image shows earth focused Antarctica]

[Image shows a flaring gas planet and text appears: All enabled by humanity’s curiosity with the world above]

[Image shows a vehicle driving past the ASKAP square kilometre array and text appears: Today at CSIRO, we continue to explore the universe]

[Image appears of a geothermal map and text appears: And from space, we observe the earth]

[Image appears of a telescope and text appears: We manage the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex]

[Image appears of a satellite and text appears: And when the earth spins]

[Image appears of light beams through space and text appears: We track all of NASA’s deep space craft]

[Image appears of a planet and then an orbit line and text appears: Our team works with researchers from all over the world]

[Image appears of planets orbiting and text appears: And they still answer NASA’s call]

[Image appears of earth and a satellite and text appears: The dawn of a new era of space exploration is now upon us]

[Images move through of space, astronauts walking on the moon, and a space vehicle and text appears: Space tourism, settling on the moon, life on Mars]

[Image shows the ASKAP telescopes and text appears: It’s a new frontier]

[Image shows historical moon landing and text appears: And we will continue to help make history]

[Image shows a telescope rotating and text appears: Creating a better future for tomorrow]

[Image shows a cluster of telescopes rotating against a starry sky and text appears: To make the impossible, possible]

[CSIRO Logo appears and text appears: Australia’s National Science Agency, footage courtesy of NASA and CSIRO]

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