Broadcasting news from the Moon

July 21st 1969 at 02:56 UTC, Tranquillity Base:

Moon enthusiast for sure recall this milestone date, time and place: Commander Neil Armstrong was the first person to step onto the lunar surface and everyone around the globe could watch history being made through normal TVs and thanks to the incredible technology developed for the Apollo missions. Since then, broadcasting and TV technologies made giant leap forward, allowing us to live in an era where everyone can listen, read or watch news no matter how remote the reporter is filming or reporting live from.

Internet and smartphones have incredibly shorten distances and will keep doing so also for space missions, always to document the reality happening live in front of a camera.

As the LUNA inauguration event in late summer is getting closer and close, part of the team is looking on how to best broadcast this event and future campaign simulations with a modern and turn-key set up. To have a first-person experience with these technologies, our LUNA experts went to WDR studios in Cologne, Germany, where they had the pleasure to talk to some WDR experts and  to test some of the technologies to be used in LUNA. The visit included a tour of the studios used very day for broadcasting live and record TV shows as well as discussion on the technical level, including how to best set up lights, not only for the reporters and the cameras, but also for recreating the illumination conditions as on the Moon.

Later this September the spotlight of the media will be in Cologne to document the inauguration of this worldwide unique facility, so don’t forget to turn on your TV or follow us on internet!