Apollo: Missions to the Moon documentary creates a virtual time machine

CNET | 7/4/2019 | Steven Musil
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Apollo 11 sits on the launch pad in July 1969, awaiting its historic mission.

If you were born in the mid-1960s or later, your memory of the dozen Apollo missions may be hazy or even non-existent. After all, July 20 will mark 50 years since Apollo astronauts pulled off mankind's first moon landing.

Apollo - Missions - Culmination - Decade - Work

The Apollo missions were the culmination of nearly a decade of work by more than a million people inventing technologies to achieve one of the greatest feats of human history. NASA recorded nearly every minute of it in photographs, video and audio.

Many of us know the basic stories from movies like First Man and Apollo 13 and the excellent HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. But those docu-dramas are reproductions of the actual moments, with sets, special effects and famous actors portraying the actual groundbreaking figures.

National - Geographic - Apollo - Missions - Moon

National Geographic's Apollo: Missions to the Moon, premiering July 7 on the National Geographic channel, taps NASA's archival cache to present an immersive, riveting two-hour documentary about all 12 crewed missions. Relying only on images, videos and audio from the time to tell the story, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Tom Jennings has created a virtual time machine to the Apollo era.

The documentary follows the Apollo missions in order by stitching together 500 hours of film footage, 800 hours of audio and more than 10,000 photographs -- much of which will seem new because it's never been broadcast before. Much like the 2019 documentary Apollo 11, there's no current-day narrator or later day interviews to get in the way of experiencing the missions just as people did five decades ago -- triumphs and tragedies.

Character - John - Glenn - Right - Stuff

You may remember the character of astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff talking about how his wife and kids were behind him "100 percent." The documentary...
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