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NASA will hold a media briefing at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 16, at the Newseum in Washington to release greatly improved video imagery from the July 1969 live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk.

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NASA will hold a news briefing with astronauts from the Apollo program at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 20, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

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Relive the Apollo 11 adventure by logging on to WeChooseTheMoon.org, the JFK Presidential Library's new interactive website that will recreate Apollo 11's lunar mission, minute by minute, with an interactive experience using archival audio, video, photos and "real-time" transmissions. The site goes live on July 16, 2009 at 8:02 a.m. and will take off at 9:32 a.m. - exactly 40 years to the minute after the historic launch.

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As Project Apollo took off, Tony Klein, a physicist at the University of Melbourne, was suddenly thrown into the spotlight to provide commentary for huge television audiences. Forty years later, he recounts his experience.
The iconic shots of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface are so well known they can almost be recalled at will. But leading up to and after the Moon landing, the pictures from space were not so self-explanatory. Someone had to decipher NASA's images and explain what on Earth was going on, and for ABC audiences, that role fell into my lap.

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Moon landing anniversary: a giant leap for Britain, too
Forty years ago, the Americans put a man on the Moon. But they couldn't have done it without Britain's help.
What is overlooked is that while the great bulk of those involved were indeed American citizens, there was also a significant foreign contribution, in particular from Britain. One engineer was so important that President Nixon would later admit that without his work, the Moon landing of July 21, 1969 would have been impossible.

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During their stay, Armstrong and Aldrin collected rocks and deployed several scientific instruments, including a seismometer that measured moonquakes. They also left behind the Laser Ranging Retroreflector, an array of 100 prisms designed to reflect a laser beam from Earth directly back to its source.
The Laser Ranging Retroreflector was abbreviated LRRR. In the following dialogue recorded by NASA, Armstrong and Aldrin referred to the LRRR as the LR-cubed (after the math function suggested by the name R x R x R = R cubed):

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The first words spoken from the surface of  the moon.

"Contact light. Okay, engine stop" - Col Buzz Aldrin Apollo XI LMP
3:17PM CDT July 20, 1969.

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