When we walked on the moon

August 10, 2020 5:22 pm

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One of the most watched events in Television history is that of the Apollo moon landing. The black and white grainy image of the lunar module making it’s ponderous descent onto the surface of the moon is one of the defining moments of the human race and also for television. It remains the most watched event across the world, although that honour of the most watched television events falls to the 1966 World cup final in Britain.  It was certainly something that people would have wanted the services of a TV Aerials Swansea based firm like https://www.onevisionltd.co.uk/tv-aerial-installation-swansea to around to make sure everything was ok with the aerial.

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President Kennedy had made the rather fanciful boast that the USA would put a man on the moon in the next ten years. Duly the North America people had thrown money at NASA and the project like nothing else. The Russians had for many years had the best of them in the space race. It was the USSR that had put up the first satellite. A Russian man was the first to break earth’s gravity and orbit the world. They had had the first female Cosmonaut and they had orchestrated the first successful EVA in space.  However, the rubles were running low and the USA was going to get the big win.

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To reduce the advances made in the second half of the twentieth century in terms of space exploration by calling it a space race is a bit unfair. In part it was an attempt by both sides to show how well their countries were doing as superpowers. It was sadly just another facet of the long sad Cold War.