The Lunar Theater of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon gives the rich details of that fateful mission including the anticipated radio black out to reestablishment of signal. All of this accomplished through stylish theatrics that recreates the drama associated with the landing.

Lunar Module like the one used for moon landing. Film below was shot from a vehicle like this as it made its way to Tranquility Base.

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Film

July 20, 1969. From the window of the Lunar Module (Buzz Aldrin’s side, the right side facing forward). The descent and landing of the lunar module Eagle, with synchronized audio from the air-to-ground transmissions. From an HD transfer of the 16mm motion picture film. The 16mm data acquisition camera footage is the only record of the Apollo 11 landing.

During the landing process, the crew was having problems aligning the hi-gain antenna so data telemetry could be received back on Earth. There was also other problems on board the Eagle. On board computers designed to help calculate rate of descent were misreading the ships actual position causing an increased burn that put the lander further forward than anticipated. Realizing the problems, Neil Armstrong turned off the computer system and ignored the alarms, taking manual control of the ship. Because the ship was coming down in an unanticipated area, Neil had to make a number of manual adjustments to avoid large boulders and a crater. This extra maneuvering used up precious fuel so that when the ship actually shut down there was just 15 seconds worth of fuel left.

Listen to the voice say “60 seconds” then “45 seconds” and then “30 seconds!” These were call outs of the remaining fuel on board the Lunar Module. When the Eagle finally landed, there was less than 15 seconds of fuel remaining. This fact was the reason for the control room’s comment:

Houston: “We copy you down Eagle.”

Armstrong: “Houston, uh, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Houston: “Roger twen… Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You’ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot!”

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