A new series of Smithsonian Channel celebrates the artifacts that led to Triumphant Lunar Landing of Apollo 11 Fifty years ago in July, and shares the hidden stories of the mission.
"Apollo's Moon Shot", the first of which was premiered on Sunday (June 16), tells the story of NASA's Moon-Shot program through footage from archives, interviews and interviews. artifacts from the movie. National Museum of Air and Space Smithsonian. The series will be broadcast Sunday at 20h. EDT (same time in PDT).
"This six-part series tells the whole story of the American Moon's program through a recently restored archive film and unique access to Apollo's artifacts," Smithsonian said in a statement.
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Some of the artifacts on the screen include the camera used by John Glenn, who was the first American astronaut to reach orbit in 1963, as part of the Mercury program; the Apollo 11 control module, who is currently touring at the Museum of Flight in Seattle for this anniversary; and space boots worn during Apollo 17, the last crewed mission to land on the moon, in 1972.
"The series reveals the stories of men and women who made the mission possible," Smithsonian added. "Amazing and rarely seen sequences from each mission are combined with NASA's oral histories extracted directly from the astronauts' reports on their return to Earth."
The series will also include an upcoming Apoll Shot Augmented Reality App, which will present the entire timeline of the Apollo program in relation to the key moments of the series.
The first episode of Sunday, "Rocket Fever", will take the viewer back to the dawn of the space race in 1957, when the Soviet Union will launch its first satellite, Sputnik. This event prompted the United States to quickly embark on spaceflight and led the call of President John F. Kennedy, in 1961, to land American astronauts on the surface of the Moon here. the end of the decade.
"The beginnings of the space race were full of urgency, uncertainty, enormous risk and even greater rewards," Smithsonian said. said in another statement. NASA's first team of astronauts attends an intensive course on space travel, presented through rare footage of archives, interviews and exhibits as well as in chests from the National Air Museum and the Smithsonian Space. "