Fearful that the Russians would continue their lead in the space race and be the first to put a man on the moon, NASA felt an enormous pressure to push the Apollo Program forward as quickly as possible, though they knew that pushing too hard could lead to the ultimate disaster. This film recreates the tensions that were felt not only by the three astronauts, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, but also by their families and by the teams of technicians training to deal with anything that could go wrong. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
On July 20, 1969, the whole world stopped. Where were you?
Did You Know?
During the launch sequence, the third stage is shown separating from the second stage (actually an oft-used piece of film from the unmanned Apollo 4 mission), but after this, we are shown the first stage falling away - an action which would have taken place before the third stage separation. See more
Star Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by the United States Naval Academy Glee Club
Courtesy of Richardson Records
from the CD "Set Sail" See more