A Closer Look at National Geographic’s Apollo: Missions to the Moon

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human moon landing with a 2-hour feature documentary on National Geographic will focus on the 50th anniversary.

Coined the “golden age of space,” Apollo: Missions to the Moon will include more than 1,300 hours of footage and audio and 10,000 photos. Much of this information is rare or newly transferred, according to National Geographic.

The documentary by Tom Jennings, an Emmy-and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, includes several firsts, including the combination of NASA footage with ‘black-box’ recordings from Apollo capsules, and the synchronization of 30-track audio from mission control, as explained during our interview with the director and former astronaut Mike Massimino.

The documentary stretch from the Apollo program’s history starting with the Apollo 1’s deadly fire in 1967, the mission of Apollo 7,  and then the multiple practice missions for the moon landing of Apollo 11. Then the documentary brings viewers through the last six moonbound missions (five landings and the fateful Apollo 13, which aborted and returned to Earth) before Apollo 17 lifted off for the last time in 1972.

“‘Apollo: Missions to the Moon‘ unveils what was happening not only on the ground at mission control but also in the homes of the families and friends who stood by as their loved ones took to the skies,” Jennings said in the statement. “The whole world stopped for a moment to rejoice and take pride in the boundless sense of courage and optimism that Apollo made possible.”

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