1. Our family were sitting in the living room and, at twelve-years old, I could not get much closer to the black-and-white image on the screen. No one was talking; we were all listening to the beeps and responses of the astronauts. Absolutely mesmerizing.

  2. From my mother: She was very young. Her dad took her outside to look at the moon. He pointed and said, "there's people up there!"

  3. I was 8 years old, glued to our black and white Zenith TV, completely focused on what I was watching. It was one of those life events from which I can trace an entire portion of my life.

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  5. One thing I don't hear a lot of folks talking about is how it wasn't this one-off thing. The U.S. space program really got moving after the U.S.S.R. launched Sputnik; I don't know about the Mercury program (I was a little young for that) but Gemini and the earlier Apollo launches & missions were all televised. I distinctly remember earlier Apollo flights practicing maneuvers while still in Earth orbit, as well as the first flight around the back of the moon, before the first landing.

  6. Our TV was on the fritz and Mom refused to have it repaired or replaced because of our grades. At best, we were looking at not watching TV until mid-October. Mom understood that the moon walk was important, so we spent the night at a friend's house.

  7. I was three years old. Mom woke me up for the lunar landing, which is all I remember other than falling asleep on the couch a minute later. No moon walk memories for me. Damn it.

  8. We didn’t have a TV, so my folks took us down to the appliance store and we watched through the window.

  9. I was sitting on the couch at my sister’s house. Her husband, and three young kids, were there. I’d just met the guy who would become my first husband. He laid down next to me, resting his head against my leg, watching the TV. We all watched the Moon walk, mostly in silence. Then I went outside and looked up at the moon. It was surreal thinking there were men up there. Lots of powerful emotions from that day.

  10. In my uncles living room on the floor. I was 4, it’s one of my earliest memories. The thing is, TVs we’re not that great and ours was even worse because we were 100+ miles from the nearest station. It’s was hard as fuck to tell what you were looking at. But in my hillbilly world it was rare for everyone to be excited about anything unless it was a basketball game. (I’m from NC) so it was imprinted deeply in my memory though it was several years before I realized the importance of it. My Grandfather, born in 1898, was in the room and had carried the mail on fucking horseback when he was a young man. He literally saw the first cars on the roads and a man on the moon and all the horrors in between.

  11. My grandmas aunt (born 1885) was there with us in my grandma’s living room watching the black and white grainy image on her color tv. She had seen the first cars on the road when she was about 21. It was hard to hear, and there was a several minute delay. The tv station and all the smart rocket men had figured out how to get audio and video going at the same time, but it wasn’t synced. There was an announcer, like a radio announcer, but for tv. It was a big fat deal. She believed that technology would cure all the ills of the world. She’d seen vaccines save kids when her own brothers died from childhood illnesses. She’d seen horse and wagons give way to cars, then airplanes, and finally there we were on the MOON! She was beyond happy!

  12. I was at the Newport Folk Festival. There was a van with a TV on the roof and it was showing the broadcast. I was a little preoccupied by the music and the girl I was with, but remember thinking that I should be paying closer attention to it.

  13. According to family lore as Armstrong was taking his first steps on the moon someone looked over (my parents had the big ass console color TV and that was where whoever was there gathered) and said, hey the baby’s walking!! I’ve always loved the astronauts and space. It was really a big deal back then.

  14. I was too young to appreciate it when it happened but for the next few years all the adults in my life said "If we can put a man on the Moon we can do anything - c'mon, let's solve this!"

  15. It was a Sunday afternoon, I was at my place with some friends and we had the TV on all day watching the news, the preparations and reports on the upcoming landing, then we watched the landing itself in the afternoon, and then all the reports on it well into the evening.

  16. It's cool that you remember that it was on a Sunday afternoon. I remember only vaguely there was late afternoon or early evening on the West Coast.

  17. I was two, and have no memory of it. Come to think of it, growing up I wasn't even aware of the Vietnam War. I wish my parents had been more interested in current events, and in helping me to understand them.

  18. I graduated in 1977 and I didn't really know much about it either. The only thing I remember is that my Uncle came home on leave when I was probably in the 10th grade. I think I had some sense he was in a war.

  19. I was in high school. My grandmother worked for NASA at the Langley, Virginia facility and knew the astronauts. She handled their insurance and other paperwork. My dad was a jet propulsion specialist and worked for the Defense Department. (For the space geeks out there he was awarded the Silver Snoopy pin.)

  20. My dad was holding his breath too. He was an engineer that worked in the space program. You were practically in our backyard! I used to wave at angel stadium from the top of our tree.

  21. We were in our neighbor's backyard, sitting around the pool on a hot, muggy summer's day in the Chicago area. It was surreal to watch realtime TV from the friggin' Moon!.

  22. I was 12 living on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands. We saw the rocket leave the earth. Watching that and the landing on tv, then watched the reentry streak across the sky from our porch. I was enthralled.

  23. Perched in front of our black and white TV with my Dad's "good" camera on a tripod. I shot two rolls of black and white film. I was 15. Those pictures are long gone unfortunately.

  24. My Dad was with NASA and so I was in a room full of wives and other kids connected to the program. It was a very exciting day.

  25. Me too- I was 4, and I'm pretty sure I was woken up to watch it. I don't know whether I remember any of it or that it's just the footage that I've seen since then.

  26. I was at the cottage. My mom made me watch. There were so many endless simulations that I was bored stiff. I was too young - 9 I think- to have any context about how amazing it was - I'd watched Star Trek! I watched on a small fuzzy black and white TV. No idea where my brother was. I think my mom made some popcorn (old school shaking it in the stove) and gave me lemonade. That combo always made my stomach sick.

  27. At my grandparent's house, I was 11. It was exciting yet boring. We knew they were going to be on the moon, yet it seemed to take forever for them to get TV shots of it.

  28. Eleven-year old me was in the den with mom, dad and 9-year old brother watching on a 17-inch black and white TV. Was absolutely mesmerized at the idea of watching Man Walk On the Moon. We'd watched launches and splash downs at school on big black and white TVs rolled into the classroom on big carts. This was the culmination of all that effort. Neil Armstrong was going to be going down the ladder soon! He's talking his way down! I'm looking as hard as I can, but I'm having trouble making it out. He's taking that historic step and everyone is clapping. And I'm still trying to find him. Turns out I was looking at the flippin' shadow of the LEM and not at Armstrong. The camera angle was not what I expected. SMH Every replay of that one small step I'm reminded of what a doofus I was.

  29. I was just passing through the system on a routine mapping mission when I detected signs of a civilization approaching the Type I boundary, resulting in my current assignment.

  30. I was in the middle of a field at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. There was a tent setup with electricity and a TV at one end. A whole bunch of us were crowded around. To be in a group like that watching the first steps on the moon was electric and so exciting that I will never forget it.

  31. I was almost 6. We were all in the living room watching it on TV. It was an electrifying time because space exploration progress was happening at such a rapid pace it seemed anything was attainable. It was a mistake to abandon the moon. But we had skylab and the shuttle. Nothing ever came close to those moments though when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

  32. I was 16 and working. No TV there. However, I was listening on my transistor radio. I remember walking to the shops to get my lunch, with my radio jammed against my ear, listening to Neil Armstrong's voice communicating with Earth from the moon. It was mind-blowing.

  33. I was a space freak, and my parents had me off at summer camp for the most important space freak moment! I had to listen to it on the loudspeakers outside with the other campers.

  34. Girl Scout camp. One of counselors lugged a “portable” black & white tv in. There must have been 40 people trying to watch it.

  35. I was deep in the North Atlantic in a submarine. We were pleased that a Navy guy got there first.

  36. I was on college watching with friends at my place. I just remember Neil walking across the moon surface singing, 🎵🎶🎵" hippity hoppity hippity hoppity...."🎵🎶

  37. They say he walked on the moon on July 20 1969. My birthday is the 21st. I used to tell people he landed on the 20th but walked on my birthday. I have not been able to verify that is true. I do know he was on the moon on my birthday and most likely walked that day as well.

  38. Unfortunately, I was unable to view the historic event because I was at Camp Ravencliff, the YMCA summer camp. We were told about it the following morning.

  39. I don’t recall that moment. But I do recall I was at my aunts house sitting on the floor and watching the lunar lander launching up after the first landing was done.

  40. I was in suburban Chicago, watching on TV with my grandfather when I was 19 years old. He was older than that when the first airplane flew.

  41. I was 3. It was fairly late in the day, and I was tired. I remember my family sitting around the black and white TV. I remember being told that I needed to remember this. I have no actual memory of what was on the screen.

  42. I was staying with my parents with my 1 month old baby, my first born, while my husband was on a business trip. We were huddled around the tv as the landing grew closer and closer. The baby was sound asleep in a bedroom nearby, when suddenly we heard a tiny "eh eh eh" sound. Then a slightly louder "eh eh eh". No, no, no not now I was saying , stay asleep. The landing was almost touching down when the full " feed me" wailing began. As I sighed and got up my Dad grinned and said "welcome to parenthood". We all burst out laughing and I headed down the hallway to my sweet baby. We joked about me missing that iconic moment many times afterwards.

  43. I was watching! I was also watching when Ruby shot Oswald. My mother was ironing and I was watching TV and I told my mother someone had shot Oswald. I was only 6 and thought they would give Ruby a medal or something or thank him because he had shot the bad guy. Anyway back to the moon landing, yes the whole family gathered around the TV and watched.

  44. I was 8. I was at my cousin's house. We were outside playing and our parents called us inside. We watched the landing. I didn't think much of it until the adults made it clear that that was real; that humans were landing on and walking on the moon! My 8 year old brain exploded.

  45. 14 years old. Watching on TV in my parents bedroom. In the days that followed, the Russians were crying "FAKE". Now we have super powerful telescopes and shit. Why doesn't someone take a picture of all the junk we left up there? That would end the conspiracy theories.

  46. If they still believe that photos of it wouldn't help. They would say it was video of the Arizona desert. Some people believe the Earth is flat and all those satellite photos don't change their mind.

  47. I just followed your link and I do not remember that show. I would be 4 years older than you.

  48. Not my memory, but from my dad. He was in the Peace Corps In the jungle outside Sierra Leone teaching English. He gathered his students outside that evening, pointed at the moon, and said “look, there are people up there”. One of the kids said something along the line of “you’re crazy I don’t see anyone” and they all laughed at my dad. He chuckled when he told me this.

  49. I was six and it's one of my earliest memories but I remember it was quite the event in our household. My mom was excited about space and science. She hyped the whole thing up to us for days. We watched all the launches, knew the astronauts names. For the moon walk, my ten-year-old brother and I were laying on the floor in front of the TV, leaning up on bolster pillows. It was a color TV but everything from space was in black & white. The whole time delay thing in their messages was fascinating to me. My mom kept saying 'they're on the moon. They're on the moon right now! On the moon!" That evening she walked us outside to look at the moon and kept reminding us there was people on it. It was super neat to a kid.

  50. Twelve year old me was sitting in the TV room with the rest of the family and the next door neighbor lady. It was odd - I knew this was a VERY BIG THING I was watching but it was kind of anticlimactic, why was everybody so blase about it?

  51. I was 2. My mom put me in front of the TV so I could tell my grandkids that I watched it. So far, no grandchildren to tell something I don't remember.

  52. This happened before I was conceived so not quite sure where I was. If anyone knows the answer would certainly be interesting to hear.

  53. How old was I? Born in 55 everybody knows there dates but me. Remember all those damn sonic booms when we were playing Monopoly

  54. I was 11 and our family was vacationing with another family in the Ozarks. Nine of us crowded around the black & white motel TV with spotty reception to watch the landing. Even at that age, I thought his "One small step" pronouncement sounded forced. I was somewhat interested but longed to be out in the motel pool, instead.

  55. Watched it on a tiny 12v BW TV with a couple of friends. The day or so before, we were speculating on what the first words would be.

  56. Honestly, I remember it being a big deal and talking about it at school but I don't remember the moon walk at all. My dad took us to see the astronauts.

  57. My dad, one of my younger brothers & I were staying at a motel in New England while visiting relatives, it was very late at night, dad was drinking a beer and watching the grainy black-and-white images of the landing while my brother & I were exhausted & trying to sleep while dad keep urging us to stay awake and pay attention, but we just couldn't do it. Too bad we weren't on the west coast or Alaska/Hawaii--the time difference would have allowed us to see it without falling asleep.

  58. For some reason I have no memory of watching it live even though I was certainly old enough to remember doing so. I have a lot of memories from that time but the moon walk isn’t one of them. Now I need to ask my older sisters what they recall to see if I can fill this strange gap in my childhood.

  59. My family was on vacation camping that week, way up in the mountains so we did not see it. We looked at the moon and remember my dad saying "they are walking on the moon right now".

  60. I was at summer camp. They let all us kids sit in a big hall and watch a little tiny TV way past regular lights out. Most of the guys just were fooling around, I was glued to the screen for Cronkite's 45th re-telling of the landing.

  61. Most likely working at one of my jobs. Graduated High School 1967 got married 1968. With that said today I own a Apollo Moon Watch from NASA. It was gifted to me. Always wanted to be a Astronaut growing up. Had the grades but a little on the chubby side but as the song goes. I took one look at my wife and " that's the last I've seen of my heart." Best decision I ever made.

  62. At home, watching it on a B&W TV, like millions of others around the world. I was 11 and totally fascinated, glued in front of the TV just waiting for Armstrong to descend the ladder. Still am a big fan and follow both NASA & SpaceX.

  63. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 10 years old and had a black and white TV in my bedroom, didn't matter that it was black and white because it was in black and white on the living room color tv. My parents and their friends were in the living room watching it and their kids and my brother were in my room watching it. It was so awesome. On a side note my neighbor was a star watcher and had a telescope that he let me peek at the things he was seeing. Those two things gave me a life long love of all things Space. I live in Florida and still love watching the rockets in the sky after launching from Cape Canaveral.

  64. I was home on final leave in the Marine Corps before reporting to Camp Pendleton, and then South East Asia. Like everyone else sat In front of the TV except ours was color, Dad sold appliances in a Department Store.

  65. I was spending the summer on my aunts farm in Missouri. We'd been bailing hay on a very hot day. We got to take a break and watch it on television, an 18" Zenith with rabbit ears.

  66. I was a spoiled little shit of a kid complaining to change the TV station to my parents and their friends watching the event.

  67. I was 7 years old. My mom woke me up after I had gone to bed to watch history being made. I wish I could tell you how unforgettable it was, but I have no memory of it at all.

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