Today, July 16th, marks the 50th anniversary of the day the Apollo 11 crew launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In honor of the event, CBS News held a real-time live stream of the original CBS broadcast on July 16th, 1969. The stream occurred on YouTube, which you can view by clicking the link above.
Featuring Walter Cronkite as the lead anchor, the live stream featured everything that existed in the original 1969 broadcast. Live constant coverage, news updates from the war in Vietnam, and original 1960s commercials were all included in the stream. The stream is also very eye-opening when one considers how much cheaper products in the 60s were–like Greyhound bus rides and toilet bowl cleaner–compared to prices today. The entire clip on YouTube has a runtime of 4 hours and 35 minutes.
Additionally, CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will be airing their one-hour special Man On The Moon tonight. The special will focus on the events leading up to the launch and the lunar landing. The news program will feature Neil Armstrong and others giving their personal experiences during the mission. Below is a sneak peek for the special report.
The CBS News Special Man On The Moon, hosted by Norah O’Donnell, will air tonight at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on CBS. The stream of the launch will continue to be available from CBS News on YouTube.
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