Man on the moon 50 years later: How we saw it

A look at the cameras that brought the moonwalk to viewers around the world.
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Transcript for Man on the moon 50 years later: How we saw it
People are planted more. All. Our. Our. I'm David Curley at the Smithsonian air and space museum where we are marking fifty years since man landed and walked on the moon in a Lander just like this one. We're going to show you some of the actual ABC news coverage from fifty years ago during that eight day mission of this remarkable achievement. It is an accomplishment that millions of people around the world were able to see. Because of live broadcasts from the moon as well as a still pictures of the astronauts were able to bring back with them. They had at least three cameras and ABC news science editor jewels Bergman show those cameras to our audience fifty years ago. As Neil Armstrong steps out on the front Portugal bill fold to a land yours just to the left of the lambs hatch. Which will release the modular equipment storage assembly box the mesa box down below this seven and a half pound black and white Westinghouse cameras mounted in the mesa box upside down. We'll be converting the picture electronically to bring it right side up. If we're lucky we should see Armstrong's actual feet as they go down the lambs latter and set foot on the moon in addition because of the wide angle lens we'll see the side of Orlando this this side of the picture. We'll see of the moon's horizon. And possibly of the in the Earth's shine off to the right. Victory is black and white it's not color but with little should bring us a fantastic bit of history matters we've Siemens puts up. That put on the moon for the first time in history of course and the cameras could operate for all of two r.'s and forty minutes of Armstrong cauldron moonwalk. Showing us them deploying experiments. They. Size monitor experiment the laser experiment picking up soil and rock samples and providing for Apollo control in Houston a faithful engineering record of exactly what went what took place as well as giving the world. And historic record of this. Event two other cameras will be used during this. Moonwalk which would also give us the most photographed bit of history ever done. This hostile blogs seventy millimeter camera electrically driven which you'll see Armstrong wearing of the TV camera work you'll see Armstrong wearing on a chest device. But of them at electrically. Part and triggered only if the newest push this button what is pressures would go out. And it takes up to a 150 pictures from magazines using a special but thin film to get more pictures parole. While he's doing that Buzz Aldrin in the lamb's lunar module Eagles right hand when gulf. We'll be using ms. Morris sixteen millimeter motion picture sequence camera to record the whole event indeed. This is the camera that will show us that fantastic picture of a landing it was triggered at PDI partisan initiated running at a slow frame rate of six frames per second. And filmed the landing all the way down as Armstrong skipped across that the football field five credit and came into an actual touchdown for those street cameras. We'll show us the whole event.

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