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Nova: To the Moon

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For the 30th anniversary of man's landing on the moon, Nova presents a two-hour tribute to one of the greatest scientific achievements in history. In July of 1969, much of the civilized world watched transfixed as an American astronaut planted his feet on the dusty surface of the moon. The images were perhaps not the clearest, but they were live, and demonstrated the culmination of a joint effort between scientists and engineers to begin an exploration of the moon. These technical experts, the unpublicized heroes...
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Overview

For the 30th anniversary of man's landing on the moon, Nova presents a two-hour tribute to one of the greatest scientific achievements in history. In July of 1969, much of the civilized world watched transfixed as an American astronaut planted his feet on the dusty surface of the moon. The images were perhaps not the clearest, but they were live, and demonstrated the culmination of a joint effort between scientists and engineers to begin an exploration of the moon. These technical experts, the unpublicized heroes of the lunar effort, tell of their contributions that brought it all together.
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Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
Who can forget Sputnik, the first images of Earth as seen from outer space, or President John F. Kennedy saying, "If we can get to the moon before the Russians, we should"? Okay, anyone under 45 is excused -- which is why this fascinating Nova documentary is required viewing. The two-hour film reunites the scientists, engineers, geologists, and astronauts whose extraordinary efforts put men on the moon, nearly a quarter century after the Apollo space program reached its conclusion. Beginning with the Gemini space program, each mission up to and including the final Apollo excursion is thoroughly examined through the use of period footage, interviews, and computer graphics. Safely ensconced in a spacious conference room, astronauts Gene Cernan, Frank Borman, and Ed White speak frankly about both the trials and joys of their outer-space experiences. Never-before-aired footage of the Apollo I's burned space capsule underscores the early problems NASA encountered in its moon quest. Links on the DVD version afford access to the PBS web site for To the Moon, where viewers will find panoramic views of six moon landings and additional interviews with top Apollo astronauts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • UPC: 783421283930
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Paula S. Apsell Executive Producer
Kirk Wolfinger Producer
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