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Color TV from space entertains and enlightensNASA Manned Spacecraft Center Roundup - May 30, 1969The world took a look at itself on live television for the first time as Apollo 10 cameramen recorded the steady shrinking of the multi-colored earth and growth of the grey-brown moon mass.
Serious one moment and hilarious the next, the "Tom, John and Gene show" scored high on entertainment.
An "unofficial" tape recording of the popular "Fly me to the Moon" and "Up, up and away" provided background music for the documentary.
For the benefit of interested geologists, each crewmen filmed part of the moon's face and described what he was seeing.
The new color equipment worked with amazing precision, enabling the crew to record the moon's wandering rilles, craters and valleys as well as astronaut antics in the spacecraft.
A feeling of closeness to mission progress was generated by the real-time photography and a better understanding of such phenomenon as weightlessness and disorientation in space was gained from the crew's simple demonstrations.
The idea of sharing the experience of spaceflight was supported wholeheartedly by Apollo 10 personnel and at the end of the mission Gene Cernan said he hoped they had given the "millions of people of the world more of a part in the history being made this day and age."
Mission planners have announced their intentions to include live color transmissions in the flight schedule of Apollo 11.
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