Moon-landing astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin today (Friday) entered the Lunar Excursion Module from their Apollo Eleven command module to begin preliminary check under the watching eye of a television camera.
VALVE OPENED; CAMERA BEING FIXED: VIEW OF EARTH; ASTRONAUT AT WORK IN LUNAR MODULE. (SOF)
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Background: Moon-landing astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin today (Friday) entered the Lunar Excursion Module from their Apollo Eleven command module to begin preliminary check under the watching eye of a television camera. Clear pictures of their movements were seen by earth watchers as Apollo Eleven sped on towards the moon at a distance of 175,000 miles (325,000 kms) from the earth.
During the long television transmission, which began well before the scheduled time, the astronauts showed the operation of pressurising the tunnel linking the two spacecraft, and the lunar module.
Aldrin was first into the lunar-landing craft -- crawling through the 32-inch (80 cms)wide and 18-inch (45 cms) long tunnel 40 minutes ahead of schedule.
Inside, Aldrin fixed a special camera, capable of taking one picture a second, into position near a window, explaining that it would be used for the lunar landing.
The live pictures received on earth showed the astronaut at work in the lunar module, preparing operation sheets detailing every phase of their coming moon landing.
Details of the Extra Vehicular Activity supporting life pack that the astronauts will wear during their moon walk, were also shown.
The two-man lunar module crew were due to spend about an hour and a half checking the craft's systems in readiness for sunday's historic descent to the moon's surface.