The twelve episodes follow the Apollo space program from a variety of viewpoints: (1) "Can We Do This?" maps the origins of Apollo and its Mercury and Gemini roots; (2) "Apollo 1" tells of the tragic fire and the subsequent finger-pointing; (3) "We Have Cleared the Tower" portrays the intense preparation for Apollo 7; (4) "1968" puts Apollo 8 into its historical context against events of the era; (5) "Spider" shows the engineering POV through the design, building, and testing of the LEMs with Apollos 9 and 10, (6) "Mare Tranquilitatis" shows the deeper considerations behind the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing; (7) "That's All There Is" portrays the camaraderie of the Apollo 12 crew; (8) "We Interrupt This Program" shows a by-now-indifferent media galvanized by the events of Apollo 13; (9) "For Miles and Miles" tells of Alan Shepherd's return to the manned program with Apollo 14 after being grounded between Mercury and Gemini; (10) "Galileo Was Right" show the non-piloting demands on ...Written by
One of the episodes that take place in the 60's references a "Hail Mary" pass. That phrase originated with Roger Staubach in 1975. This refers to a desperate situation in which you have no choice but to take drastic and immediate action, relying on divine intervention to make things work out well. In football, it is when a quarterback is about to be overwhelmed by opposing players and throws the ball in the direction of a team mate in the hope that he will catch it. See more »
In Part 9, "For Miles and Miles", at the beginning when Alan Shepard is brought to his wildcat oil rig, and he gets dizzy and sick, they arrive in a 1965 Ford Thunderbird. The next scene shows him being examined because of the dizzy spells he was having and the flight surgeons report starts off by saying the date is June 10, 1963, far too early for even a 1964 T-Bird to have been on the road. See more »
[During Buzz Aldrin's spacewalk in the Gemini 12 mission]
Jim, I'm gonna clean your windshield.
Hey Buzz, check the oil too, would ya?
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On the 1999 UK VHS version, Episode 7 (That's All There Is) had three uses of strong language cut out by the BBFC in order to avoid getting a 15 rating and to keep the episode in line with the rest of the series at a PG rating. When the series was re-submitted in 2006 for the DVD release, the episode was passed uncut (and with a 15 rating). See more »
I'll be brief because this series speaks well for itself--especially on DVD. To the jaded it may feel guilty of many things: romanticism, idealism, patriotism (or jingoism, if you insist), but even if that were true it presents a series of stories that have never been told before. Perhaps in a hundred years the quaintness and primitiveness of what had to be done to visit our nearest neighbor, the moon, might be seen as amusing instead of inspiring--but I don't think so. See if you don't walk away feeling a little better after watching an episode or two, or all twelve. I dare you.
And don't think if you've seen Apollo 13 that you've seen it all. This series even makes the stories of the guys who built the lunar lander, the geologists who studied the moon rocks, and the wives of the astronauts as appealing and fulfilling as the triumphs and tragedies that are better known.
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