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Celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary with Epic Live-Stream of the Original Launch

Complete with commercials and news breaks from the 1960s.


Do you ever wish you could go back to the 1960s and relive simpler times? Well, today you can do just that. In celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon launch anniversary, CBS News is currently live-streaming its original broadcast from fifty years ago on July 16, 1969. The historic event, responsible for putting the first humans on the Moon, took place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Apollo 11 voyage marked a huge moment in American history. At 9:32 am, the Saturn V rocket carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins into space, and four days later, the first man (Armstrong) walked on the Moon.

In the live-streamed footage, viewers can see Walter Cronkite reporting “live” from the space center as the world prepared for the launch. Cronkite interviews on-lookers who have gathered to watch the landmark event and sets the mood of great anticipation and excitement. In addition to the legendary broadcaster’s reports, CBS has also included all of the original commercials and news breaks. You’ll see updates on the Vietnam War, as well as ads for household items like toilet bowl cleaner and carpets (at prices that just might make your jaw drop). The result is a truly a nostalgic experience and functions as a visual time capsule. It’s also just pretty dang cool.

The celebrations will continue this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing on Saturday. Tons of events are going on around the country, so be sure to check out what’s happening in your area.

Check out the live-stream here: