The APOLLO 11 documentary

50 years in the making

Week 127 was posted by Charanjit Chana on 2020-03-30.

Over a year ago, I linked to a trailer for APOLLO 11, a documentary.

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Sounded really interesting but thought nothing more about it until I saw it was available on Netflix in the UK.

What an absolutely beautiful film to watch.They documented almost every aspect of the mission; from launch to the Moon landing and back again. You are so close to the action there are times it can almost feel like you're living it.

The bits that pull you back out again are when they show the public congregating to watch the launch. The vehicles and the fashion are so obviously of that era. Despite making up a very small part of this documentary, their influence on parts of Contact is clear.

Moon landings stopped well before I was born, I would certainly love to watch one live with my kids. It's also a bucket list item to go and see a shuttle launch, but returning to Cape Canaveral after more than 20 years would be nice compromise.

You can watch the trailer, above, and while we're all self-isolating, if you're looking for something to watch, I highly recommend it.

Tags: Apollo 11, nasa, space, Apollo 11, nasa, space

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