Sunday Playlist: First man on the moon
August 26th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: First man on the moon

By Chip Grabow, CNN

(CNN) - With the news that Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, had died Saturday at the age of 82, we thought this week's Playlist should honor his memory.

In 1969, as part of the Apollo space exploration program, Armstrong, along with Edward "Buzz" Aldrin, were the first two men to reach the surface of the moon. Only ten others have joined their ranks. But they were the first.

In honor of Neil Armstrong, and man's exploration of space in general, we present this week's recommended listening:

Courtesy of NASA, a sampling of archival recordings from the Apollo mission. These recordings contain Armstrong's famous utterance after the Apollo lunar module's touchdown on the moon: "The eagle has landed."

A 4:00 highlight from Armstrong's first walk on the moon, and in which he delivers his famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." While there is a debate in some circles about whether Armstrong said "one small step for a man," the sentiment remains clear.

This one's radio theatre inspired by the 1969 moon landing. Radio producer Jonathan Mitchell created "Moon Graffiti" in 2011 as part of a series of audio fiction podcasts called, The Truth. Mitchell's piece imagines if the Apollo 11 landing had gone a bit differently. He was inspired by a contingency speech written for then President Nixon to deliver if the moon landing hadn't gone so smoothly. The speech was titled, "In the Event of Moon Disaster."

Finally, here's some music accompaniment as you surf the web looking at all those cool Neil Armstrong-on-the-moon photos. Internet radio station SomaFM offers this music channel that features historic recordings from NASA set to the beat of ambient and experimental music.

Happy listening!

The CNN Radio team

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