The Apollo moon landings took place in the pre-digital era. For an enthusiastic 16 year old the events of the summer of 1969 seemed too important not to be recorded. Long before an age of YouTube and domestic digital recorders he set about capturing the moon landings on his family’s analogue equipment; a reel-to-reel tape recorder, an 8mm cine camera and a Russian manufactured still camera. This talk looks back at one of the greatest achievements of humanity as well as the resulting archive and, unknown to the millions watching T.V. at the time, how the mission nearly ended in failure!