Up Up and Away: Interview with Apollo: Missions to the Moon’s Mike Massimino and Tom Jennings

This is not just a film; it’s an experience!

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As the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing – one of our greatest achievements ever – Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings uses his signature style of first-person storytelling to create an immersive account that spans the full sweep of NASA’s Apollo Space Program.

With no narration and nor modern-day talking heads; the missions in, APOLLO: Missions to the Moon, are experienced entirely through archival TV coverage, radio broadcasts, home movies, NASA film and Mission Control audio that is expertly edited together to create an eyewitness-like experience.

Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, Jr. stand near their spacecraft. (OTIS IMBODEN/National Geographic Creative)

Jennings, uses his signature style of first-person storytelling to create this immersive account that spans the breadth and depth of NASA’s Apollo Space Program. In the movie, newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio recordings recount the United States’ remarkable journey to land on the Moon before 1970.

Airing on July 7th at 9 PM EST on Nat Geo, it celebrates not only this milestone anniversary but the full sweep of the Apollo Program.

A group of technicians watch an instrument panel. (OTIS IMBODEN/National Geographic Creative)

Jennings and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino spoke to The Koalition about the documentary, the experience of being in space for the first time, our expansive solar system and more.

Check out the interview below.

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