Fiftieth anniversary

109:15:45 Aldrin: Okay. About ready to go down and get some Moon rock?

109:15:47 Armstrong: My antenna’s out. (Pause)

109:15:55 Armstrong: Now we’re ready to hook up the LEC here. (Pause)

109:16:12 Aldrin: All right. That should go down with no twists now. Put the bag up this way. That’s even. Okay, are you hooked up to it?

109:16:26 Armstrong: Hmm? (Pause) Okay. Now we need to hook this…

109:16:30 Aldrin: Yeah. Move that up there.

109:16:34 Armstrong: Okay. (Pause) Okay. Your visor…(Pause)

109:17:29 Aldrin: All right. Move…To your…Roll to the left. Okay. Now you’re clear. You’re lined up on the platform. Put your left foot to the right a little bit. Okay. That’s good. Roll left. Good. (Pause)

109:17:54 Armstrong: Okay. Now I’m going to check ingress here. (Pause)

109:18:05 Aldrin: Okay. You’re not quite squared away. Roll to the…Roll right a little. Now you’re even.

109:18:14 Armstrong: Okay, that’s okay.

109:18:15 Aldrin: That’s good. You’ve got plenty of room to your left. It’s a little close on the (garbled).

109:18:28 Armstrong: How am I doing?

109:18:29 Aldrin: You’re doing fine. (Long Pause)

109:18:51 Aldrin: Okay. You want this bag?

109:18:53 Armstrong: Yeah. (Pause) Got it. (Long Pause)

109:19:16 Armstrong: Okay. Houston, I’m on the porch.

109:19:20 Houston: Roger, Neil. (Long Pause)

109:19:36 Aldrin: Okay. Stand by, Neil.

109:19:47 Aldrin: Stay where you are a minute, Neil.

109:19:48 Armstrong: Okay. Need a little slack? (No answer; Long Pause) You need more slack, Buzz?

109:20:40 Aldrin: No. Hold it just a minute.

109:20:41 Armstrong: Okay. (Long Pause)

109:20:56 Aldrin: Okay. Everything’s nice and straight in here.

109:20:58 Armstrong: Okay. Can you pull the door open a little more?

109:21:00 Aldrin: All right.

109:21:03 Armstrong: Okay. (Pause)

109:21:07 Aldrin: Did you get the MESA out?

109:21:09 Armstrong: I’m going to pull it now. (Pause)

109:21:18 Armstrong: Houston, the MESA came down all right.

109:21:22 Houston: Houston. Roger. We copy. Standing by for your TV.

109:21:39 Armstrong: Houston, this is Neil. Radio check.

109:21:42 Houston: Neil, this is Houston. Loud and clear. Break. Break. Buzz, this is Houston. Radio check, and verify TV circuit breaker in.

109:21:54 Aldrin: Roger, TV circuit breaker’s in. And read you loud and clear.

109:22:00 Houston: Roger. (Pause)

109:22:06 Houston: And we’re getting a picture on the TV.

109:22:09 Aldrin: You got a good picture, huh?

109:22:11 Houston: There’s a great deal of contrast in it; and currently it’s upside-down on our monitor, but we can make out a fair amount of detail.

109:22:28 Aldrin: Okay. Will you verify the position – the opening – I ought to have on the camera?

109:22:34 Houston: Stand by. (Long Pause)

109:22:48 Houston: Okay. Neil, we can see you coming down the ladder now. (Pause)

109:22:59 Armstrong: Okay. I just checked getting back up to that first step, Buzz. It’s…The strut isn’t collapsed too far, but it’s adequate to get back up.

109:23:10 Houston: Roger. We copy.

109:23:11 Armstrong: Takes a pretty good little jump (to get back up to the first rung). (Pause)

109:23:28 Armstrong: Okay, I’m at the…

109:23:38 Armstrong: I’m at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained, as you get close to it. It’s almost like a powder. Ground mass is very fine. (Pause)

109:24:12 Armstrong: Okay. I’m going to step off the LM now. (Long Pause)

109:24:23 Armstrong: That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.