Moon landing as a media event: As the world once United was

There was this dream, to overcome with technology, the earthly conditions. In the room to break up. To leave the earth behind. The power of thought: it was real

Moon landing as a media event: As the world once United was

There was this dream, to overcome with technology, the earthly conditions. In the room to break up. To leave the earth behind. The power of thought: it was reality. Inventiveness and exact science made the impossible possible. The spirit moved in the matter. Humanity reaching for the stars. So another dream was connected but. The dream of world citizenship, the lifting of all be Separated from the large change in perspective, the view from space to earth would bring with it. Would not be back on the blue planet's remaining inhabitants, if some of the Chosen one of their species into space traveled?

Michael Holzer

culture editor of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

F. A. Z.

The idea that all people will realize about the borders of countries and Nations across the earth as their common home, the thought that there are no races, only humans exist:

It is no coincidence that at the end of the sixties, a decade of social utopias and real social-cultural upheaval, the Apollo 11 Mission. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Neil Armstrong's famous words when he first rung of the ladder entered, the led of the lunar module "Eagle" on the surface of the moon, were met by the euphoric universalism, the less than a month later, the "Woodstock" Festival, widely used as a global message.

Indeed, ended with the successful landing on the moon since the fifties, from both sides of the ideologically fired and with a high financial cost-driven race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the first manned space flight to the moon. But as a propaganda instrument of the Cold war, the moon travel failed program of the Nasa, ultimately, hardly anyone was interested in whether the Americans were the Russians, technologically and scientifically superior, because they had won the race. It was in the perception of larger issues of Mankind, the question of what Homo sapiens can be used as such, in order to achieve the undreamt-of possibilities, the offers of constant progress. For a historic Moment of national self-interest and ideological differences were forgotten, it was the All and all.

600 million spectators cheered

A light in the future, similarities and transnational cohesion, the inhabitants of the earth, mediated the viewing experience, which gave the moon Mission is about 600 million viewers. Everywhere in the Western world, the TV audience feverishly, patiently waited for the exit of the astronauts, which was only brought forward, but rather delayed, and saw the as of a veil-covered black-and-recordings of the movements of the Neil Armstrongs and Buzz Aldrins in the moon white.

An exhibition in the Frankfurt Museum of communication is dedicated to with more than 100 exhibits, is now the star of an hour of a medium that was at the end of the sixties of the last century, able to captivate the great majority of those who have access to a device had. In Germany, competed WDR and ZDF, and the audience, both stations you made Live special broadcasts with scientists, experiments, models, and large replicas of the country's ferry.

It was to bridge a lot of time. Between the announcement, the astronauts would be earlier than planned to get off, and your actual exit for several hours, in which no question was left unanswered, in this memorable night, turned layers. It was, in a way, the culmination of one of the popular culture for a long-awaited and anticipated development. Also the the Show in the Museum at the Sachsenhausen Schaumainkai, the aufblättert a story of the human desire to travel in space, with book titles, drawings and all sorts of moon driver devotional. And also this Chapter conspiracy myths that the moon landing in Hollywood, was produced not: missing.

Between Science Fiction and the space programs of the Americans and Russians on the other hand, the castle became increasingly the gap: What is still the beginning of the 20th century. Century was a bold claim, adopted 50 years later, the real forms. The Show brings together both the technical-scientific utopia, as you are in the middle of the 19th century. Century, already formulated a Jules Verne, and the amazing benefits of space travel, which began with the Russian satellite Sputnik and, in 1961, celebrated a first triumphant success with Yuri Gagarin as the first man to orbit in a space capsule to the earth.

The enthusiasm of the astronauts and cosmonauts, as the astronauts were in the Eastern bloc, was placed in the children's room as in the showcases of the good offices. Already in the twenties of the last century, the "rocket hype offset" with a number of movies and publications, people in enthusiasm. The "Space Race" in the fifties inspired the imagination then once more, due to the specific planning in the East and the West.

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test That a TV worked transmission from the moon at all, made possible the satellite, which had only been a few years earlier, in the orbit shot. So it was on 20. and 21. July 1969 to come to a media event, as there had been none. And in a similar way, not to imagine. Television as a leading medium has had its day. In the Museum for communication, the visitor may, on the basis of the provided Video - and audio-material are deepening yet once in a time, as a wonder, actually: humans set foot on the moon, and all watched.

"space-ship living room"
To 10. January 2021 in the Museum for communication Frankfurt, Schaumainkai 53, open from Tuesday to Sunday from eleven to 18 PM.

Updated Date: 24 July 2020, 23:19

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