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From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series 1998) Poster

(1998 TV Mini-Series)

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Several of the Houston flight controllers are played by actors reprising the same roles from the film Apollo 13 (1995).
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In this series, the "White Room" - the small room attached to the Apollo landing gantry, which the crewmembers pass through on their way into the capsule - is the real thing. It was discovered in a forgotten NASA storage room, taken out and used in filming.
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The lunar module (LM) seen in several episodes up close, is in fact a real lunar module. It was originally scheduled to go to the Moon as part of the Apollo 18 flight; NASA budget cuts forced Apollo 18's cancellation, but the LM was saved and eventually used in filming this miniseries. It is now enshrined in a museum. In some episodes, we can see a bus-like craft which takes the astronauts from NASA down to the pad at Cape Kennedy just prior to launch. This bus is also the real thing, which the real astronauts all used.
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To simulate the low gravity on the moon the actors had large helium balloons attached to their space suits by long wires. The wires were removed digitally in post production.
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Three actors who played astronauts also played astronauts in Apollo 13 (1995), but they all played different astronauts from the ones they had before. David Andrews played Frank Borman (Apollo 8) in the miniseries, but Pete Conrad (Apollo 12) in the movie. Ben Marley played Roger Chaffee (Apollo 1, died in the fire) in the miniseries, but John Young (Apollo 10, Apollo 16, Shuttle) in the movie, and Brett Cullen played Dave Scott (Apollo 15) in the miniseries, but Jack Lousma (CAPCOM during Apollo 13, slated for Apollo 20 which was cancelled, flew Skylab 3 in 1973) in the movie.
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One scene, where geologist Lee Silver tutors the Apollo 15 crews, was filmed in the same rock quarry where R2-D2 encounters the Jawas in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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Tom Hanks' introduction to each of the episodes ends with the words "...from the Earth to the Moon"
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Actor Bryan Cranston, who portrays Edwin Buzz Aldrin, also portrayed astronaut Virgil Gus Grissom in the movie "That Thing You Do! (1996)". His Gus Grissom is interviewed on the make believe TV show Hollywood Television Showcase in the latter. Tom Hanks produced both as well as directed "That Thing You Do! (1996)" and segments of "From the Earth to the Moon (1998)".
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Lane Smith plays a news anchor who is being forced out by an industry preferring younger, shallower and ratings-driven stories. Smith also appeared in Network (1976), based on a similar plot.
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The large façade Tom Hanks delivers his opening monologues in front of depicts the god Apollo and his three horses.
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Tim Daly (Jim Lovell) and George Newbern (Stuart Roosa) have both provided the voice of Superman/Clark Kent in the DC Animated Universe.
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