Moon Race: The History of Apollo

Five and a half hours of everything you could want to know about the Apollo space program.  The footage for this documentary comes from the NASA archives.  The entire history of the Apollo program, which is a large part of the U.S. space program, is there for you to discover or round out your knowledge of.  Tells the interesting tale of how man tried and succeeded in breaking his connection to Earth in an effort to explore an alien planet.

The Eagle Has Landed:

The first phase of the Apollo program from the early years of Apollo 4 to the lunar orbit of Apollo 8 and on to the manned landing on the moon by Apollo 11

The Time of Apollo:

Apollo wasn’t all about success but also failures. In 1967 three astronauts burned to death inside a rocket that never left the ground. The 20th century will always be remembered as the one where man began to explore space.  When you think about it the moon is a strange place for man to be flying to.  It is a place or rolling dark hills, massifs, valleys, and craters.  There is nothing like it on Earth.  Science and technology are the keys.  Human intellectual energy is the most important element.  All humans shared in the excitement that this program brought.

Apollo 4: The First Test:

The first stage was assembling parts in Missouri. Parts were made in many different states. Apollo 4 was unmanned.  Launched on November 9, 1967, it was 36 stories high and the work of some 300,000 Americans.  Apollo 4 was tested more than any previous system.  The mission ended in 8.5 hours.

Apollo 5: Mission:

Another unmanned mission.  It’s most important aspect was the testing of the lunar module that will land on the moon.

Apollo 8: Go For TLI:

December 21, 1968 was the launch of the most distant voyage ever undertaken by man.  Three astronauts were on the rocket. On their second day in space the world looked in on crew via television.  They sent back video footage of the moon.

Apollo 9: Three to Make Ready:

It was the third manned Apollo mission and tested a lunar module landing on the moon.  Took off on March 3, 1969.  They also tested the portable life system and suit to be worn on moon landing. A ten day mission that hit all the major goals.

Apollo 10: Green Light for Lunar Landing:

Left Earth on May 18, 1969 and would bring three men to within 9 miles of the surface of the moon.  They had a colour television on board.  While they were in space the crew of Apollo 11 was already testing things out for their flight.

Apollo 11: The Eagle Has Landed:

July 16, 1969 Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins left Earth.  On July 20, 1969 the first man set foot on the moon. The first man to step on the moon, Neil Armstrong, uttered the famous words, “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”  July 21, 1969 the Eagle left the surface of the moon after having gathered samples and moon rocks. By July 27, 1969 the three astronauts were home again.

Apollo 12: Pinpoint for Science:

Taking off in November 1969 the astronauts left Earth to land on the moon for the second time.  Thirty six seconds after take off lightening hit the space craft.  Tests took place and the craft was a go.  After the landing geological samples were taken and a scientific station was left on the moon.

Apollo 13: Houston We Have a Problem:

In this 1970 mission there was a power supply malfunction and it became a matter of survival quickly. Thankfully the three astronauts made it back to Earth alive.

Apollo 14: Mission to Fra Mauro:

Left Earth on January 31, 1971 and once again problems arose. They did manage to overcome them and landed on the moon.  Once again they collected samples.

Apollo 15: In the Mountains of the Moon:

Took off in July of 1971. The goal was to collect many pictures of the moon.

Apollo 16: Nothing so Hidden…:

Launched in April 1972.  Set up a camera on the moon, did experiments and collected geological samples.

Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants:

The eleventh and final manned mission in the Apollo space program.  Launched December 7, 1972. Used the Lunar Roving Vehicle on their three day stay on the moon.  Collected lunar samples and left scientific instruments.  Altogether was a 12 day mission.

Mission of Apollo-Soyuz:

This was a joint manned mission between U.S. and Russia.

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