Apollo Station is the story of Spain’s big role in the 1969 moon landing. In 1964, NASA gave the green light for the construction of a space station in Spain to aid its lunar missions. It was built in Fresnedillas de la Oliva, a small town outside Madrid, whose residents at the time lived off the land and their livestock. This is the story of how the space race turned this quiet little town upside down. At the so-called “Apollo Station”, a small group of Spaniards under the command of their American superiors would become privileged witnesses to the moon landing. They were responsible for communications between Earth and Apollo 11 at the exact time that the Eagle touched down on the lunar surface. And they were the first people on Earth to hear the famous words: “the Eagle has landed”. This is their unknown story.
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The History Channel Iberia