At the heart of the Apollo program was the special band of brothers in Mission Control. The feature documentary film Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo tells their stories, describing the rural homesteads and smokestack towns they came from, and the remarkable team they became. The film consists of interviews with those who worked in Mission Control and astronauts, enhanced by extraordinary archive, stunning VFX and an original orchestral score. The film covers the first journeys to the moon by Apollo 8 and Apollo 11, and the huge effort required to save the crew of Apollo 13.Written by
The second program in the manned space missions was named Gemini, after the constellation of the same name, which is in the shape of a pair of twins, reflecting the size of the crew complement. While the proper pronunciation of the constellation ends with a hard "i", the pronunciation at NASA was with a soft "i", sounding similar to the name "Jiminy Cricket" in the children's book and later Disney film, The Adventures of Pinocchio. Regardless of the constellation, "Jimini" is the correct pronunciation of the NASA two-man space program. See more »
We gotta tell 'em it's got to have a computer. What the hell is a computer? It was almost that much that we didn't know.
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Failure Is Not An Option!
I am so glad I was able to view a special presentation of this incredible film!! Growing up in the Apollo era, I was always intrigued by the men on the ground wearing headsets and staring into small TV screens, who broke into applause and hugged each other at the moment they knew the mission was successful. This film tells the story of these "Unsung Heros", mostly in their own words, and with lots of photos of them at work in that special room we know as Mission Control. It shows how they reacted to failure as well as success, and how failure served to strengthen the inherent integrity each brought to this crucial part of manned space flight. It shows how they figured out how to do their jobs in this new era of space exploration, and how important teamwork was to their endeavor. It illustrates how individual dedication works to to make the sum greater than its parts. Mission Control was, and is, a crucial part of all space flight! I am grateful to have this documentary of the special individuals that gave so much of themselves to assure the success of the Apollo Special Program!!
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