AMERICAN astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made worldwide headlines as they became the first men to step on the moon on July 20, 1969.
The men spent about two hours on the the moon's surface, collecting samples of soil and rock as part of the Apollo 11 mission. Their incredible achievement was followed by television viewers in all parts of the world except South Africa which had no television and China which did not allow America's achievement to be made known to its people.
In its leader column, The Inverness Courier reflected on how massive developments in communications had impacted on the way the endeavour was reported:
"When new lands were discovered, when the world was first circumnavigated, when the poles were first reached, when the heights were first scaled, the world had to wait until the expeditions returned to civilisation – or else failed to – for the results to be known.
"But this latest, and greatest, journey of all has been done in the fullest possible public glare, which has had the unfortunate side effect of being at the same time hailed as man's greatest scientific triumph to date and being taken for granted because television has become so much part and parcel of normal life."