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Reaching Tranquility: The 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing (2009)

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A visual work of time lapse, meshed with NASA archival footage, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

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With a poignant speech in 1961, President John F. Kennedy made it clear that he wanted to see the United States be the first to land an astronaut on the moon's surface. The U.S. was in the middle of a race for the lunar surface with the U.S.S.R., which had successfully sent the first human to outer space, less than a month before. With the two super powers locked in the Cold War, President Kennedy set a goal to land on the moon by the end of 1969. With heavy costs of money and the loss of eight in the space program during that time, a nervous world witnessed as NASA created the Apollo program, developing a massive rocket ship from technology meant for missiles. The drama of 40 years ago played out on television and radio to worldwide audiences as the crew launched from the Earth, taking 4 days to travel over 219,000 miles to the lunar surface. Starting in late 2008, HD and still cameras were aimed at the moon, capturing it in a variety of ways to help one reach the moon within one's ... Written by Ferron, Karl

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Only a short portion of the film was shot in the first months of production late in 2008; most other periods of time, the cloud cover was too great to even shoot. The majority of footage was actually captured over the final month of production. See more »

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