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Apollo XI / Launch / Dignitaries #204561

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 16, 1969
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(Studio) Apollo XI one fourth of the way to moon. Film shown of astronauts eating breakfast. Astronaut Walter Schirra and Walter Cronkite narrate film. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins depart from crew quarters for trip to launch pad 12 miles away. 4,000 reporters there, with hundreds of dignitaries and people watching. Liftoff shown, with staging. [Vice President Spiro AGNEW - says easy to forego these projects. Think should put man on Mars by 2000. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to be best investment.] [Former President Lyndon B. JOHNSON - describes liftoff. Wonder why we can't put same effort into bringing peace for all time.] [Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Ralph ABERNATHY - felt joy and pride at liftoff. Forgot hungry people for minute, but now it's back to business Calls himself one of proudest Americans] Group sings "We Shall Overcome."
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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