This weekend, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the biggest event in TV history - the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Six hundred fifty million people worldwide watched July 20 when Neil Armstrong took man's first steps on the moon's surface. Watching the CBS News broadcast for myself on YouTube this week, I was struck by how undramatic the coverage was. Because the then brand-new satellite technology could only provide audio and not video of the lunar module landing, CBS had an animation to demonstrate what it looked like. The animated module actually landed before the real one, robbing viewers of the drama of the tense moments when communications broke down. And the animation was so realistic, I have to believe that some viewers thought it was the real thing. Plus, anchor Walter Cronkite didn't even hear Armstrong's iconic first words after stepping on the surface and had to ask the control room to repeat them.

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WASHINGTON - Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O'Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O'Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Said Kennedy, "They had no choice but to follow them. This nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space." Kennedy said this on Nov. 21, 1963, in San Antonio. The next day: Dallas.