of the Apollo 11 Mission
as recorded at Honeysuckle Creek
Updated 20 July 2015
(More audio to come)
During Apollo 11, Station Admin Officer Bernard Scrivener recorded key parts of the mission as they were heard at Honeysuckle.
This recording is of Net 1 (i.e. the Air / Ground loop).
This segment begins with Bernard Scrivener announcing the content.
The mission audio starts just before AOS on the Command Module on lunar revolution 14 (102:14:58 GET) and runs right through until 32 minutes after the landing. Its unedited so there are plenty of gaps where there is no speech.
The landing is at 30 minutes 50 seconds into this recording.
The Lunar Surface EVA
The tape segment starts just as Neil Armstrong deploys the MESA as he is at the top of the ladder (109:21:18GET).
The First Step is 3 minutes into this recording. This segment ends as Buzz Aldrin partially closes the hatch as he begins his descent on the ladder (109:41:28GET).
The tape segment starts just as Neil Armstrong begins to read from the plaque (109:52:40GET) and runs right through to Buzz deploying the LRRR (110:56:51 GET). There’s an 11 minute break between this recording and the previous one.
Times are from the start of file:
03:00 Beginning of moving the TV camera to its new location.
The speed of the tape (very slightly fast) has been corrected, using the Quindar tones as a reference.
more to come
Note: 03 October 2006.
Did Neil Armstrong actually say the a in one small step for a man?
Recent media reports (on some analysis by Peter Shann Ford) suggest it has been proven that he did, though a closer look at the Honeysuckle recording does not support that conclusion.
See the labelled waveform of the Honeysuckle recording below.
Although earlier I was persuaded that there was room for the a, sadly, I am now not convinced. When the slowed-down recording is heard, the for seems to run right up to man, leaving little or no room for an a.
Bill Wood, Unified S-band Lead Engineer at Goldstone during Apollo, suggests that Neils vox circuitry may have cut off the a at this point. Vox problems certainly were apparent later in the EVA with Buzzs microphone, and some of Neils words are clipped at the start. However, there doesnt seem to be any room between for and mankind for that to have happened at this point.
With or without the a, Neils words remain among the most memorable and appropriate ever spoken even if it is necessary to supply the a from context (which everyone does).
On this diagram, the expected position of the a, if it was spoken, is marked with [a].
Goldstone was the source of the audio on Net 1 at this point.
The handover from Goldstone to Honeysuckle Creek took place not long after the astronauts re-entered the Lunar Module. i.e. Voice communications with the LM was via Goldstone for the entire EVA, but TV came from Goldstone, Honeysuckle and Parkes.
– Colin Mackellar, October 2006.