Pink Floyd Were Part of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Broadcast

(hennemusic) The world stood still on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The first manned mission to do so was led by astronaut Neil Armstrong, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 82 following complications from heart surgery a few weeks ago.

The 1969 event was televised to an estimated global viewing audience of 600 million, a sixth of the world's population at the time. In the UK, all three TV channels - BBC1, BBC2 and ITV - ran coverage on and off over the mission's 8-day period.

Pink Floyd were a part of the BBC broadcast, as guitarist David Gilmour wrote in The Guardian in 2009. "We [Pink Floyd] were in a BBC TV studio jamming to the landing. It was a live broadcast, and there was a panel of scientists on one side of the studio, with us on the other. I was 23," wrote Gilmour. "The programming was a little looser in those days, and if a producer of a late-night programme felt like it, they would do something a bit off the wall," he explained. more on this story

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