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Man's landing on the moon was our greatest technological achievement. The Apollo 11 mission was truly the stuff of dreams. For the first time, our species walked on another celestial body. Even more remarkable was their ability to make it back. This is the story of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing. Drama with digitally remastered original footage. Written by
When this movie was first aired on the History Channel (US), the moment when the character of Neil Armstrong puts his foot on the moon was timed to within a minute of the 40th anniversary of Armstrong actually stepping on the moon. See more »
The command module in the movie showed an elaborate digital display. It appeared to be made up of seven segment green LED digits. Although green LEDs had been invented before 1969, they were only first commercialized in 1968. They were extremely inefficient and had not been invented yet in a 7-segment configuration. Furthermore, the command module did not have the logic available on board to drive a digital clock. Nixie tubes were more common in the day, but they would have drawn too much power to be practical. See more »
Everyone knows the basic story, and when there is an anniversary there is a glut of documentaries. This dramatized version is different, in that it focuses mainly on the human relationships. It makes Buzz Aldrin into an ambitious and slightly abrasive character who would quarrel with Neil Armstrong, if only the the latter were not so easy-going (not to say bland). Well, that's how it's played here. I don't know how true it is.
It's entertaining and well acted. Daniel Lapaine has a good (moon) shot at Neil Armstrong - not an easy thing to do.
I'd only really criticize the structure of the film. It is packed with flashbacks, so much so that it's quite confusing at times.
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