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The Day We Walked on the Moon – ITV

From Finestripe Productions THE DAY WE WALKED ON THE MOON Thursday 11th July 2019 on ITV Pictured: ASTRONAUT WALKS ON THE MOON WITH AMERICAN FLAG 20/07/1969 On July 20 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Narrated by Mark Strong, The Day We Walked on the Moon tells the story of how he got there through spectacular footage and interviews with key figures in the Apollo 11 mission, including astronaut Michael Collins and iconic Flight Director Gene Kranz. Further interviewees include Professor Brian Cox, Dr Brian May and key Apollo astronauts Frank Borman and Charlie Duke. (C) NASA For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is © (C) NASA and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme THE DAY WE WALKED ON THE MOON or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

ITV’s The Day We Walked on the Moon relives the historic first moonwalk and talks to the families of the astronauts involved

ITV’s documentary The Day We Walked on the Moon celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk by retelling that groundbreaking mission.

Featuring interviews with members of mission control, the astronauts’ families and celebrities, this is the tale of that famous moment and its legacy. 

Andrew Aldrin in The Day We walked on the Moon

In ITV's The Day We Walked on the Moon, Andrew Aldrin recalls his father, Buzz’s moonwalk

As Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the Moon during the early hours of Monday 21 July 1969, half a billion people watched Neil Armstrong step out of it to become the first man in history to set foot on the Moon.

None of those watching along at home were as nervous as astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s young son, Andrew.

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‘My father soon joined Neil Armstrong on the Moon’s surface,’ says Andrew.

‘I was convinced he would trip and fall flat on his back in front of 600 million people – but most importantly, my 200 classmates!

‘I was terrified that my dad wouldn’t come home,’ he adds.

‘So when the ascent rocket fired, the monster that lived under my bed was slain!’

TV Times rating: *****