News Coverage: Chronicling the Voyage

To parallel Apollo 11 's trip to the moon, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria would have had to be accompanied by a fleet of dispatch boats filled with scientists, singers and scribes. Each day, one of the boats would have returned to Spain to report on the voyage, and the court would have been entertained by a new ballad about Columbus' exploits.

The TV-age equivalent was the special watch maintained by Frank Reynolds and Jules Bergman on ABC, Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra on CBS, and Chet Huntley, David Brinkley...

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