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To the moon and back from Madrid: Spain's role in the 1969 mission
02 June 2019 @ 19:54

EXACTLY half a century ago – minus a couple of months – the world didn't know where to look first: at the TV, where a fellow human was shown on screen walking on the moon, or up at the moon itself, trying to imagine him there.

In Spain on that day, just as everywhere else on Planet Earth, there was only one topic of conversation – and here in the western Mediterranean, on July 20, 1969, one man became a household name overnight.

Jesús Hermidia.

You thought we were going to say 'Neil Armstrong'.

Well, he was pretty famous in Spain from that moment on, too, but Jesús Hermidia was the TV reporter whose job it was to recount, small step by small step, giant leap by giant leap, what was going on up there in the sky, voicing the words of the Apollo 11 team in the national language so millions of viewers could understand them.



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