Apollo 11 conversations Earth didn’t hear now online

Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. Image credit: Nasa
Date:30 June 2009 Tags:, , , , ,

You’re in a spacecraft, descending to land on the Moon for the first time in history, and the microphone to Earth is off. What do you say?

“I would appreciate if you could… see if you could… find the map… ”

“Trade you that for a piece of gum. There it is.”

And so it went as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the surface of the Moon aboard the on 20 July 1969. The world heard communications between the crew and Mission Control live as they happened. But Earth did not hear the conversation between Armstrong and Aldrin, although it was recorded onboard the Eagle.

All of the Apollo spacecraft included onboard voice recorders, activated during much of each mission to record the crew’s conversations. The transcripts of those recordings were publicly released in the mid-1970s and they have been posted on the Internet for years. But only recently were the actual onboard recordings from Apollo 11 digitised so that the recordings could be made available on the Internet.

To listen to the recordings and view the transcript, click here

For more information about the history of onboard recorders on the Apollo spacecraft and full transcripts of all mission recordings, click here

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* Information about the newly restored video from the 20 July 1969 live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk.
* The untold story of Apollo 11 – in the words of those who were there