What if the Moon Landing Occurred in the Age of Social Media

Yesterday was the 42nd anniversary of the first moon walk and today Atlantis returns home, signaling the end of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. The event will be discussed on social media channels; however, not with nearly with the same excitement as missions of old. Space exploration just doesn’t capture the nation’s attention like it once did.

The height of NASA’s achievements, or at least the most-fondly-remembered one, was the first Moon Landing. I don’t know how many of you believe tin foil hats are a fashion statement, but let’s assume for the sake of argument that this event did in fact take place. That said, I wondered how would people have watched and talked about one of the most important events in world history. What if the Moon Landing occurred in the age of social media?


NASA partners with YouTube for a live webcast of the landing, in color no less (hey, why not?). The webcast garners hundreds of millions of viewers from around the world instantly becoming YouTube’s most-watched video of all-time.


Neil Armstrong’s famous words “That’s one small step for man…” were actually not what he was supposed to say. He was supposed to say “a man.” Since he gets the chance to write it down this time, he gets it right.

A combination of Neil’s photography skills and Buzz’s modeling ability combine to make one of the most shared pictures on the Internet.

The event was heavily discussed on Twitter. Here’s what the icons of the time had to say.

The Meme: Neil Armstrong Is Unimpressed

This photo of Neil Armstrong inspires a meme of the famous astronaut being unimpressed by late 60s pop culture icons.

The Woodstock Festival is held from August 15-18 during which Jimi Hendrix does his famous rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid premieres September 23rd, 1969.

The first episode of Sesame Street aires on November 10th, 1969

Pelé, perhaps the world’s greatest soccer player, scored his 1000th goal on November 19th, 1969.

Special thanks to Brent Sobeleski for the YouTube and Twitter graphics.

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  • Nick Stamoulis
    Posted at 14:10h, 21 July

    How things have changed.  Sometimes it’s hard for us now to imagine a world without social media, and it’s funny to think- what if it had been around when X event happened? Really enjoyed this post.

  • Craig Carter
    Posted at 14:30h, 21 July

    Thanks, Nick. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It is fun to imagine how different history would have been. Who knows? We might end up turning it into a series.

  • AyDi şeker
    Posted at 10:57h, 22 July

    I think it’s a great idea!

  • Kestrel
    Posted at 16:55h, 26 July

    You forgot the YouTube comment that consists only of the word “Fake!”

  • Craig Carter
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 July

    Ah, yes. Always a favorite of mine.

  • social media
    Posted at 07:17h, 28 July

    I think people were lacking information in the past, and everything they knew about the world around them was from newspapers (TVs were not cheap…) I cannot even imagine what would have happened to people who would have social media websites at that time… As soon as people would get to know about a man walking on the moon they would all write about it at least twice a day – servers would explode 🙂

  • psychology degrees online
    Posted at 14:44h, 11 April

    I like this

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