Heartbeats on the moon

Apr 11, 2012

At TEDMED today, Jay Walker brought out an artifact from his amazing Library of the History of Human Imagination. To set it up, he recounted the first moon landing and the frantic search for a boulder-free space to set down the lunar module.

“Sixty seconds,” says Houston, warning of the fuel running low.

“Thirty seconds.”

Finally, the famous “The Eagle has landed” comes back from the moon, confirming touchdown.

Houston responds with relief: “You’ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again.”

And then Jay shows the actual EKG of Buzz Aldrin, showing his elevated heart rate. Pretty cool.

Anton Zuiker

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