Six hundred million people live on black and white television, but where did they come from?
A new book sets an essential role for an Australian group to bring this event into the world.
Andrew Tink argues that the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station is giving full approval to the role played by Canberra. 2000 fiction movie Dish Drama could be good, but it was not a good story, he says.
Throughout the history of the first half of the broadcast, mission control was streamed directly to the ACT-based tracking station.
At this point, the moon was not enough to reach Australia's other tracking station, with Parkes, to the south, in New South Wales, to get a good signal, and the California tracking station controlled the mission.
So Honeysuckle Creek gave a footage of decisive moment in history.
If Honeysuckle Creek did not work, no one would see "giant step in humanity", Mr Tink, who has thoroughly studied the facts, even when listening to NASA recordings, forming a series of events together.
The Houston driver suddenly said: "All stations, Honeysuckle, we are changing the video."
They did that, just before Parkes.
Book, Honeysuckle Creek: The story of Tom Reid, a small plate and the first step in Neil Armstrong, The man running is much like the station, the author's friend.
Tom Reid Glaswegian entered into the aboard, and then became an Australian gravel-voiced army and was established here. He went to Sydney Harbor and never forgot, as Mr Tink says.
Reid graduated as an electrical engineer, but Mr Tink said his managerial skills were very important.
When new director of the new station was appointed, Reid realized that NASA was not known for its performance, especially as the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union was the political importance of the Cold War.
The survival of Honeysuckle Creek – and the successful American space program – the station was based on its own game. So it shook the place, as Tink says, that people did not think it was affected.
He moved with highly qualified engineers and, nevertheless, he replaced them with fewer people who did not make improvements to the crisis.
"Tom Reid was called sort of Honeysuckle, what he did," Mr Tink says. "It was pretty ruthless about that."
And management lessons?
Mr Tink says, they are: they want to achieve constant perfection, they can be enthusiastic and unbelievable when choosing to work in groups, and sometimes most people are not the best ones to face pressure.
He thinks the story of Honeysuckle Creek, both with regard to Australian achievement and not forgetting Australian look.
When Tom Reid talked about a six-minute interim drama, he said "it was not planned so, but that was it, and we're ready for wickedness."
Steve Evans is in The Canberra Times magazine.