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Monash Medical Graduates Remember Moon Landing

It was 40 years ago, at 1:00pm AEST on 21 July 1969, that one of the greatest endeavours in human achievement reached its zenith.  At Tranquility Base on the Moon, humankind set foot on the lunar surface for the first time, as Neil Armstrong stepped from the ladder of the Eagle landing module.  

Audiences worldwide were captivated by the grainy monochrome images and static filled radio traffic beamed live from the Moon, often through Australian operated or located communications infrastructure where local ingenuity was called upon. 

Emeritus Professor Jim Goding poses the question:
what were you doing at that time?  The Monash medical class that graduated in 1971 would have no difficulty answering the question, as they were displaying some ingenuity of their own. 

"We were in a Pathology practical class," recalls Professor Goding.  "The laboratory had a closed circuit video system which was normally connected up to a microscope, but on that day the video monitors were connected to live TV.  The class was suspended while we watched this momentous event.  I doubt whether any of us remember the pathology topic of that day!"