Mission to the Moon

Mission to the Moon

A 40th anniversary six-part assessment of Apollo 11's historic accomplishments, narrated by a science reporter who covered it. (NYT)

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on an extraterrestrial body. John Noble Wilford, who covered the Apollo 11 mission for The New York Times, narrates a look back at the historic journey.

This multimedia package incorporates six short videos, each built upon historic archival footage:

July 14-15, 1969: The Long Countdown (1:45)
July 16, 1969: Lift-Off (1:25)
July 17-19, 1969: To the Moon (1:19)
July 20, 1969: Men on the Moon (3:13)
July 21-24, 1969: The Flight Home (1:22)
1969-Present: Reflections (1:29)

Wilford’s accounts are straightforward, and yet still inspire awe and wonder at the enormity of mankind’s achievement — “a singular moment, when the impossible was made possible.”

CHANNEL: New York Times

Credits: Jonathan Corum, Jon Huang, Soo-Jeong Kang, Andrew Kueneman, Thomas Lin, Clare Major, Jigar Mehta