When American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon on July 21, 1969, New Zealanders listened transfixed to the radio as a series of crackly words signified a gargantuan achievement. They would

One giant leap for mankind

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Fly the Moon to me

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"They just blitzed us"

Nixon had a secret Moon-disaster speech

Alarms shrieked and Armstrong's pulse soared