Sep
21
2007

New movie about Apollo space program opens

The Moon: Photo courtesy NASA.
The Moon: Photo courtesy NASA.
The new documentary IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is both inspirational and awe-inspiring in its retelling of NASA’s Apollo program to place a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. The great thing about it is that it’s the Apollo astronauts themselves who tell the story.

Director David Singleton interviewed 10 of the remaining astronauts who had traveled to the Moon and back including Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13), Gene Cernan (Apollo 10 and 17), Dave Scott (Apollo 15), Alan Bean (Apollo 12), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), and Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11). Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, is not interviewed, but the notoriously reclusive astronaut appears quite a bit in the film, and of course can be heard taking his famous first step on the Moon’s surface.

Besides the many technical triumphs, the film also touches on some of the setbacks NASA faced in its race to fulfill president Kennedy’s seemingly impossible lunar-landing dream, including exploding Saturn V rockets, the Apollo 1 fire that killed three astronauts, and Apollo 13’s doomed mission.

I’m a big fan of the whole Man on the Moon adventure, so a lot of the NASA film footage used in the film was already familiar to me, but some scenes (especially one when Apollo 11’s command module heads off toward the Moon) were a complete surprise, and just seeing it all on the big screen was a real treat.

Astronaut Alan Bean on the adventure of his life: Photo courtesy NASA.
Astronaut Alan Bean on the adventure of his life: Photo courtesy NASA.
The astronauts themselves – now in their seventies - come off much warmer and more human than I expected. Alan Bean, in particular, seemed like an exuberant child telling you all about the great amusement ride he got to go on.

So if you remember where you were when Neil Armstrong exclaimed “Houston, the Eagle has landed”, and even if you don’t - or even if you weren’t born yet – I recommend you see this really great film. You’ll relive, or experience for the first time, all the excitement of one of mankind’s boldest and greatest achievements.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree with what is said above. I worked on the Apollo program and was aware of a lot of what happened, but it was great to hear the astronaut's own experience. It is a great film.

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 5:08pm
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Anonymous says:

I agree with what is said above.

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 5:10pm
Melanie Hiris's picture
Melanie Hiris says:

Thanks David Singleton.
I saw the movie in Cambridge, MA but had to make my train home and unfortunately missed the end Q and A. I had to "rip" myself away..
very informative and I felt like I was back in that time zone.
It's about time we heard some good news!!!
I'm sick and tired of scary news and war issues!!!
What wonderful subjects;astronauts....adventurers into our new frontier.
How exciting!!! Much more interesting use of our time and resources.
I had a few more questions, but unfortunately wasn't able to ask them.
Please contact me. Melanie

posted on Thu, 10/11/2007 - 3:01pm
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Anonymous says:

i would love to see this, where can i find it?. apollo 13 is my alltime favorite movie, the ultimate in team work.

posted on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 2:19pm
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mdr says:

This movie opened in the theaters here in the Twin Cities in late September. I don't know if it's still playing, but I'm sure at some point it will come out on DVD. You'll have to watch for the release.

posted on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 3:45pm
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Anonymous says:

hi my name is bange and i really think that this movie is really good! I like is it a lot!!!!

posted on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 4:46pm

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