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Men On The Moon
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Apollo 11 - Men On The Moon - VIDEO (DVD)

Released in 2002, this is not a polished documentary that you might get from PBS or National Geographic. Rather it is a compilation of NASA's raw audio and video feeds during the mission. In instances such as the LEM approach/landing there are multiple audio feeds to select from (Flight Director's loop, on-board voice recorders, flight-to-ground, etc.). There's even audio of Armstrong and Aldrin's post-mission technical debriefing. Similar to its' Project Gemini counterpart, this is an excellent historical collection.
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Project Gemini
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Project Gemini- A Bold Leap Forward - VIDEO (DVD)

From NASA archives, this DVD collection of raw audio and video from the Gemini missions contains things that were never seen or heard on network news reports. In many cases in-orbit video has an audio bed of the astronauts explaining the video in technical debriefings. Similar to its' Apollo 11 Mission counterpart, this is a excellent collection of never-before-released mission material.
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From The Earth To The Moon
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From The Earth To The Moon   (Docu-drama)

The epic miniseries From the Earth to the Moon was HBO's most expensive production to date, with a budget of $68 million. Hosted by executive producer Tom Hanks, the miniseries tackles the daunting challenge of chronicling the entire history of NASA's space program from 1961 to 1972. For the most part, it's a rousing success. Each episode is devoted to a crucial aspect of the space program. NASA's complete participation in the production lends to its total authenticity, right down to the use of NASA equipment, launch locations, and even spacecraft.
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To The Moon
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To The Moon   (Documentary - Nova)

This engaging two-hour documentary from NOVA detailing America's space program was produced for the 30th anniversary of the first moon shots. While no 120-minute film can tell all the stories of the space program, To the Moon is more comprehensive than other similar videos. The film details the method that Americans used to reach the moon: lunar orbit rendezvous (one ship circles the moon while another lands). This concept wasn't even on the drawing board at NASA, and the video chronicles the struggle of engineers and astronauts to work out a solution. The space footage focuses on Gemini missions that rehearsed rendezvous in space and the most extravagant Apollo missions (numbers 8, 11, 13, 15, and 17). The film reunites several astronauts for fresh perspectives on the importance of the program, including the knowledge gained about the geology of the moon.
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Man On The Moon
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Man On The Moon with Walter Cronkite   (Documentary)

This program reflects on the miraculous mission of the Apollo 11. Comprised of newscasts which allow the viewer to experience and relive man's most spectacular achievement through the eyes of Walter Cronkite, Wally Schirra and others. Also features interviews with the three astronauts just after their return.
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Disaster To Recovery
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Disaster to Recovery: The Challenger Explosion   (Documentary - ABC)

The true story of the Challenger disaster and of the seven heroes who died in view of millions of TV viewers and the nation that mourned them. Covers the extensive investigation that shook NASA to its roots and reveals the flaws that led to the tragedy, the steps taken to correct them, and finally, of a dream reborn - America's return to space. Includes extensive TV new footage.
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Apollo 13 - The Movie
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Apollo 13   (Movie starring Tom Hanks as James Lovell)

NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. Using state-of-the-art special effects and ingenious filmmaking techniques, Howard and his stellar cast and crew build nail-biting tension while maintaining close fidelity to the facts. The result is a fitting tribute to the Apollo 13 mission and one of the biggest box-office hits of 1995.
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The Right Stuff
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The Right Stuff   (Movie)

The Right Stuff chronicles NASA's efforts to put a man in orbit. Such an achievement would be the first step toward President Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon, and, perhaps most important of all, would win a crucial public relations/morale victory over the Soviets, who had delivered a stunning blow to American pride by launching Sputnik, the first satellite. The movie contrasts the daring feats of the unsung test pilots--one of whom, Chuck Yeager, embodied more than anyone else the skill and spirit of Wolfe's title--against the heavily publicized (and sanitized) accomplishments of the Mercury astronauts. Through no fault of their own, the spacemen became prisoners of the heroic images the government created for them in order to capture the public's imagination.
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