From the Earth to the Moon: Season 1, Episode 12

Le voyage dans la lune (10 May 1998)

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The last manned Apollo mission to the moon is juxtaposed with Georges Méliès' filming of A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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The last manned Apollo mission to the moon is juxtaposed with Georges Méliès' filming of A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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In the voiceover it is said that when Ed Fendell sent commands to operate the TV camera on the lunar rover, it took 6 seconds for the signal to reach the Moon and the resultant images to be sent back. In fact it took less than 3 seconds. See more »

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Emmett Seaborn: What we learned about the moon you see is not nearly as important as our going there. Apollo 8, witnesses to the first earthrise in the conciousness of man. Apollo 17, Gene Cernan takes that remarkable photo of Jack Schmitt standing on the moon with the Earth over his shoulder. See that's why we went to the moon. To take those pictures. We didn't go there to conquer it or claim it or simply beat the Russians to it. Sure, we wanted to find out what the moon was made of to satisfy questions of ...
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Méliès
31 March 2012 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I was intrigued that they used a play written by Georges Méliès from 1902 to be a somewhat inspiration to the entire NASA program. This episode captured the imagination of the entire program, and it's message saying that "mankind can do anything".

Interest in the program went down from the American people, and I don't know whether to find it troubling or good. The question I have continued to ask in this miniseries is, "So, we went to the moon with billions of tax paying dollars, why?" We explore, and that is a great thing to do. We learn about life and science, and those missions have paved the way for so much more understanding about some subjects and technologies that we never thought possible.

But I'm brought back to a question brought up in the second episode, "Apollo One". A congressman was against the program saying that it wasted money where it could be spending it on education, stopping social injustices, etc. He asked a good question, and I would still give much worth to the adventures of these 24 men who went to the moon. It's an epic tale that we can look back in history, learn lessons, and see how we can do anything. Méliès's adventure became an epic reality, but we sure spent a lot of money, resources, and lives to get there.

I wonder what our lives would have been like if we had taken the course that congressman urged us to go in so long ago. Would we have understood less? Would we have used our finances for more pressing needs that could have caused less problems today? 'What if's aren't really that healthy of questions to ask most of the time. But maybe the greatest worth of these missions was the pictures that show the entire course of our physical lives in one shot, planet earth. It strikes awe, humility, and amazement in God who created such amazing things so much larger than me. Was the billions of dollars worth it to understand those things? I'm not sure; I'll leave you to be the judge of that.


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