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Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

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At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.


David Fairhead





Credited cast:
John Aaron John Aaron ... Self
Stephen Bales ... Self (as Steve Bales)
Jerry Bostick Jerry Bostick ... Self
James Burke ... Self (archive footage)
Bob Carlton Bob Carlton ... Self
Eugene Cernan ... Self (as Gene Cernan)
Charles Duke ... Self (as Charlie Duke)
Ed Fendell Ed Fendell ... Self
Gerry Griffin ... Self
Christopher Kraft ... Self (as Chris Kraft)
Gene Kranz Gene Kranz ... Self
Sy Liebergot Sy Liebergot ... Self
Jim Lovell ... Self
Glynn Lunney ... Self


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 Keith Haviland

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No giant leap is made alone.


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Did You Know?


The decade that saw the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs was a full decade before the advent of personal computers. As a proper computer was far too large to fit into a narrow console (much less two or three computers), what appears to be computer monitors at each station are actually televisions that are displaying video images. Each of the screens was linked to a closed circuit system that used an early version of a video camera pointing at a computer screen in another part of the building. The first personal computer did not hit the market until 1975, in the form of the MITS Altair 8800, which was purchased as a kit and had to be assembled by the customer. See more »


Christopher Kraft: 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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I would give it 20 stars if I could
24 December 2020 | by tavasiloffSee all my reviews

This is an outstanding documentary that is the perfect companion to "Apollo 11." The interviews bring a very human quality to the flight controllers as well as to the astronauts themselves. The organization, engineering and commitment made the Apollo program such a wonderous achievement. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

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13 August 2017 (UK) See more »

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Mission Control: gli eroi sconosciuti dell'Apollo See more »


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