What Would TV Coverage of the Apollo 11 Mission Look Like Today?

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July 18 2014 2:17 PM

What if Cable News Covered the Lunar Landing?  

We're a long way from Walter Cronkite.

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This Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. In 2009, Andrew Bouvé imagined what it would be like if the moon landing happened today, unleashing cable news on the event. The original video is below.

"For thousands of years now, it's been man's dream to walk on the moon. Right now, after seeing it happen, knowing that it happened, it still seems like a dream. And it is, I guess—a dream come true." Those were the words of Walter Cronkite, America's news anchor, on July 20, 1969, after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's successful first steps on the moon. But what if that giant leap for mankind was taken today? How would it be covered within the hyperbolic, 24-hour churn that is cable news? The video above is a glimpse at what coverage of Apollo 11's historic mission might have looked like if CNN and other networks had their ways with it.

Andrew Bouvé is the co-executive producer for Slate video.

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