Sunday, July 19, 2009

Walter Cronkite, RIP

The world's most famous TV newsman, Walter Cronkite, passed away on Friday at age 92. The CBS news anchor for several decades covered the most momentous stories of that era, including wars, assassinations, political campaigns and elections, etc. But it is most poignant that his passing came just three days before the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 first human landing on the Moon, as his coverage of the exciting early days of the space age is so well remembered.

Here's a (10 min) video of Cronkite and astronaut Wally Schirra's coverage of the final breathtaking minutes of Eagle's descent and landing on the Moon. (Neil Armstrong had to search for a safe landing spot so the actual touch down took place more than 30 seconds after the CBS simulation shows the lander on the surface.)

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