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Apollo's Moon Shot

Apollo's Moon Shot

  • Premiered: 
    June 16, 2019
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  • Network: Smithsonian
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: science, engineering, space

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Plot Synopsis

APOLLO'S MOON SHOT is a six-episode documentary series that explores the Moon program through unique and rare access to Apollo artifacts from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. This series tells the entire story of America's Moon program through rare, newly restored archival film and unique access to the artifacts of Apollo. From John Glenn's camera, to Apollo 11's command module, to the last space boots on the Moon -- still covered in lunar dust -- the series reveals the stories of the men and women who made the mission possible. Stunning footage of each mission -- some of it rarely seen -- is combined with NASA's oral histories taken directly from the astronauts' debriefings upon their return to the Earth. In-depth explorations of astronaut artifacts from the Museum's vaults form an intimate connection between the viewer and the men on the face of the Moon.
On Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, Smithsonian Channel premiered "New Frontier," the finale of APOLLO'S MOON SHOT. After the near-disaster of Apollo 13, NASA faces increased political and public pressure to prove moon landings are still worth the cost and the risk. Despite a series of missions that push science and engineering to the limit, the program is ultimately grounded, not by dangers or disasters, but by budget cuts. Experience Apollo's last, glorious chapter, presented through interviews with the astronauts who took part in the final adventures and the stories behind objects inside Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Smithsonian Channel