Live From the Moon!

The picture may have been grainy, but it was some of the most riveting TV of the 1960s.



(Sam Russell, courtesy "Live TV From the Moon")

Yes, it's a fake moonwalk, but don’t get too excited; the photo is clearly identified as a test scene. Sam Russell, the RCA Project Engineer for Apollo 15, 16, and 17, created lunar surface models like this to assist in conducting color tests of the TV camera. After the successful broadcasts from Apollo 10, NASA was keen to make sure the world could watch as man made his first step on the moon on Apollo 11. The first transmissions from the lunar surface were in black and white, however, while broadcasts from the command module were in color.

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