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First Man on the Moon 

A look inside the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

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Episode credited cast:
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself
Carol Armstrong Carol Armstrong ... Herself
Dean Armstrong Dean Armstrong ... Himself
Janet Armstrong Janet Armstrong ... Herself
Mark Armstrong ... Himself
Neil Armstrong ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Rick Armstrong Rick Armstrong ... Himself
Andrew Chaikin ... Himself
Michael Collins ... Himself
Pat Collins Pat Collins ... Herself
Charles Duke ... Himself
June Hoffman June Hoffman ... Herself
Corey Johnson ... Himself - Narrator
Kotcho Solacoff Kotcho Solacoff ... Himself
Ralph Spitzen Ralph Spitzen ... Himself


In-depth portrait of Neil A. Armstrong, world-famous for being the first human to set foot on another celestial body. Highlights include his service in the military, as a test pilot and in the U.S. space program. Personal biographical highlights include discussions with family and friends.

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3 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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An interesting look at a reluctant hero.
15 April 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Considering what he did, it is very interesting that I haven't noticed a biography about Neil Armstrong before seeing this episode of "Nova". Some of this might be because Armstrong avoided the spotlight and some might be because the space race has long been over...sort of a case of out of sight, out of mind.

The film covers Armstrong's entire life, not just the moon landing. It features interviews with friends, family and a few experts and they all paint a portrait of a very hardworking man who seemed to excel at everything. Yet, following the moon landing, he pulled away from interviews and limited his exposure to the public...most likely because there was a part of him that enjoyed his privacy.

Overall, this is well made and worth seeing.

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