The American Experience: Season 18, Episode 2

Race to the Moon (31 Oct. 2005)

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The story of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Christopher Kraft ...
Himself - Apollo Flight Operations Director
Susan Borman ...
Herself - Wife of Commander Frank Borman
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage) (as President John F. Kennedy)
Andrew Chaikin ...
Himself - Space Historian
John M. Logsdon ...
Himself - Space Historian (as John Logsdon)
Jerry Bostick ...
Himself - Retrofire Officer
Glynn Lunney ...
Himself - Flight Director
Alexei Leonov ...
Himself - Soviet Cosmonaut (as Alexi Leonov)
Marilyn Lovell ...
Herself - Wife of Astronaut Jim Lovell
Valerie Anders ...
Herself - Wife of Astronaut Bill Anders
Bill Anders ...
Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut
Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut
Frank Borman ...
Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut


The story of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon.

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10 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Despite what you might assume based on the title of this episode of "The American Experience", this show is NOT about the first moon landing but about Apollo 8--a mission that had the astronauts orbit the Moon and then return to Earth. Several months later, the first landing (Apollo 11) would occur.

This film is pretty typical of an episode from this series. It's filled with interviews, old film and narration in order to tell the story of this trip. While it's reasonably interesting, it's also a bit anti-climactic, as the mission came off without a hitch as folks around the world followed the crew's progress in space. No real surprises here, though I did get to learn that one of the crew members had diarrhea in addition to his well publicized cold. Worth seeing but not as inspiring or interesting as an average installment of the show.

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