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Countdown (1967)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | February 1968 (USA)
Desperate to reach the moon first, N.A.S.A. sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive. He can't return until Apollo is ready.

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When the U.S. learns the Soviets are about to launch a manned mission to the moon, they feel it imperative that they get there first. The moon program isn't ready to launch yet so they decide to send one man in a modified Gemini capsule that will be able to land on the moon. The astronaut will have to stay there for up to a year - in a special built shelter that will be sent ahead of time - until an Apollo mission can rescue him. The obvious choice for the mission is Chiz, who knows the Gemini inside out but the Soviets are sending civilians, not military men, so geologist Lee Stegler is asked to go. He has only three weeks however to learn about the intricacies of the spacecraft and no one is sure if he will make it. Written by garykmcd

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The motion picture that puts a man on the moon ... and you will follow him every terrifying second of the way ... See more »

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Portions of this movie were filmed at the TRW (now part of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems) Space Park campus in Redondo Beach, California. In 1965, TRW delivered the descent engines for the Apollo moon landing missions. See more »

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Stegler's helmet has no sun visor, which is critical in space. See more »

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Lee Stegler: She's a tough babe.
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More Real Than You Might Think
9 December 2000 | by (South Salem NY) – See all my reviews

It's interesting that I initially had the same reaction as "anonymous" did to the lunar lander depicted in the movie. Sure, it looks like a Gemini capsule stuck on top of a descent stage, but guess what? When Altman made this movie, NASA actually had already planned the "Countdown" mission AND the Gemini lunar lander, although it was never used.

BTW, I read Hank Searl's book "The Pilgrim Project" while I was in eighth grade and loved it.


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