July 20, 2009, marks the 40 the anniversary of the one of the most iconic video feeds in history: Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind onto the surface of the moon.
A still from the "One Small Step" video (Courtesy NASA)
Among other special events and exhibits reliving the big moment, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a whole series of special events and exhibits relates to the big event. And it’s launched a Website with links to photos, video, timelines and plenty more information.
The site, the Government Video Website of the Week, is www.nasm.si.edu/events/apollo11/
And it doesn’t stop there. Look around more and there are opportunities for educators, special videoconferencing events, other online activities, professional development opportunities for professional development and links to much more information and research related to the Apollo missions.
The commemoration of the historic journey also includes events on the July 20 anniversary itself, with astronauts and others from the mission.
A complete list of anniversary events, including "NASA Day" at a Houston Astros game July 20, is here.
The video transmission of the first steps on the moon was a monumental undertaking, especially given the technological constraints of 1969.
How did they do it? Look for some of the answers in the August 2009 issue of Government Video.