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Moon Shot (1994)

This mini-series is a documentary that chronicles the NASA space program from its inception up through the final moon mission of Apollo 17 with historical, archived NASA film footage.


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Credited cast:
Barry Corbin ... Narrator / Deke Slayton (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself - Astronaut
Jay Barbree Jay Barbree ... Himself - NBC News Reporter (voice)
Sam Beddingfield Sam Beddingfield ... Himself - Engineer (voice)
Frank Borman Frank Borman ... Himself - Astronaut
Scott Carpenter Scott Carpenter ... Himself - Astronaut
Eugene Cernan ... Himself - Astronaut (as Gene Cernan)
Charles Conrad Charles Conrad ... Himself - Astronaut Candidate (as Pete Conrad)
Gordon Cooper Gordon Cooper ... Himself - Astronaut
Walter Cunningham Walter Cunningham ... Himself - Astronaut
William K. Douglas William K. Douglas ... Himself - Astronaut Doctor (voice) (as Bill Douglas)
John Glenn ... Himself - Astronaut
Richard Gordon ... Himself - Astronaut (voice) (as Dick Gordon)
Gus Grissom Gus Grissom ... Himself - Astronaut (archive footage)
Fred Haise Fred Haise ... Himself - Astronaut


This mini-series is a documentary that chronicles the NASA space program from its inception up through the final moon mission of Apollo 17 with historical, archived NASA film footage.

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7 July 1994 (USA) See more »

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Great piece of history...
12 July 2002 | by robertwnielsenSee all my reviews

With a lot of great humor. Moon Shot covers the U.S. space program from the Mercury days through Apollo/Soyuz, as told by former astronaut Deke Slayton (voiced by Barry Corbin). The humor comes from anecdotes from several of the original astronauts, including John Glenn, who, talking about the mysterious "fireflies" that appeared during his space mission, said that one of the psychiatrists asked him, "And, what did they SAY, John?" Alan Shepard later said, "Those fireflies weren't fireflies at all....they were the constellation URION (Urine)."

Or another example: Frank Borman, talking about his Gemini 12 flight with Jim Lovell, says, "There was a song by Nat King Cole.." And Lovell comes on, and says, " 'Put Your Sweet Lips a Little Closer to The Phone,' by Nat King Cole." They then alternate verses, and Lovell finally says, "And that went on for two weeks. And of course, Frank & I were alone." Or the debate about who would be the first man to step on the moon - Armstrong, or Aldrin. As "Deke," Barry Corbin, put it: "It came down to tradition, and tradition says the commander always goes first. Besides, Neil was closest to the door!"

One of the most poignant lines comes from Alan Shepard, when he describes what his father told him after his Apollo 14 mission: "My father said, 'Do you remember when you called us, back in 1959, and said that you were going to be an astronaut'? I said, 'Yessir.' He said, 'Do you remember what I said?' I said, 'Yessir. You were not in favor of it.' And he raised his glass and said...'I was wrong.' And that's all he had to say."

This video belongs in the library of anyone who is in any way interested in history and the early U.S. space program.

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