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Apollo 11: The Untold Story (2006)

APOLLO 11: THE UNTOLD STORY aka FIRST ON THE MOON: THE UNTOLD STORY One-Hour Special for Discovery Science Channel / five When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon in July 1969, Apollo... See full summary »

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Tom Whitter

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Tom Whitter
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Buzz Aldrin ... Himself - Apollo 11 Astronaut
Gene Kranz Gene Kranz ... Himself - Apollo 11 Flight Director
George E. Mueller George E. Mueller ... Himself - Deputy Associate Administrator of Manned Space Flight (as George Mueller)
David Baker David Baker ... Himself - Senior Apollo 11 Scientist
John R. Garman John R. Garman ... Himself - Apollo 11 Computer Engineer (as Jack Garman)
Harold Loden Harold Loden ... Himself - Apollo 11 Mission Controller
Andrew Chaikin ... Himself - Science Journalist
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APOLLO 11: THE UNTOLD STORY aka FIRST ON THE MOON: THE UNTOLD STORY One-Hour Special for Discovery Science Channel / five When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon in July 1969, Apollo 11 was hailed as the supreme triumph of American technology. But behind the flag waving lies a very different story: the untold account of how close the mission came to disaster. Now, nearly forty years later, men on that mission reveal what really happened on the first voyage to the moon. It's a tale of how primitive computer technology, coupled with human errors and mechanical failures, nearly caused the tragic loss of the crew. Written by Atlantic Productions

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UK

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English

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24 July 2006 (UK) See more »

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Apollo 11 - stunder av fara See more »

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Wildly exaggerated quasi-documentary
28 December 2006 | by KwpSee all my reviews

You'd think the first landing on the Moon would be dramatic enough without needing to make up stuff about it. However, this documentary seems to need to cast everything in the scariest possible light. It talks about the risks associated with the lunar module and mentions Armstrong's nearly fatal accident with the training vehicle, as if the trainer and the spacecraft had anything to do with each other. It makes the computer overload problem (the 1202 and 1201 alarms) encountered during the final landing sequence sound like a near-catastrophe when it was just an annoyance and not a risk to the crew at all. And it takes the "thirty seconds" call to mean thirty seconds of fuel left before running out, when it's actually thirty seconds before an abort is mandatory.

If you want to see a documentary or dramatization of Apollo 11, go for "From the Earth to the Moon" or one of the PBS documentaries, but skip this one.


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