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In the Shadow of the Moon

Surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon are brought together for the first time. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is the definitive story of going to the moon, told by those who went.

Director: David Sington
Year: 2007
Time: 100 min

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Related Articles and Resources

When the Moon Was a Matter of Pride

The New York Times review reveals what the “the right stuff” was for astronauts.

ABC Video Interview with Filmmaker David Sington

Sington on why the Apollo missions are characteristically American, why all of this footage had never been seen before and what his greatest discovery was when scouring the footage.

Watch here.

NASA’s Apollo 40th Anniversary Documentary, “The Journeys of Apollo”

NASA produced a documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing. It covers the full scope of the Apollo program and features interviews with many of the Apollo astronauts.

You can watch it here.

Race to Space, Through the Lens of Time

“On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, declaring: ‘I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.’ There it was, the challenge flung before an adversary and to a nation on edge in an unconventional war, the beginning of Project Apollo.”

Read more on the New York Times.

What if the moon landings had failed?

Go here to read the poignant and moving speech that President Nixon would have delivered if Apollo 11 astronauts had not come home.

How Lunar Landings Work

A more detailed explanation behind the science of the lunar landings.

Q&A with Director David Sington

“Certainly we all now understand that the Earth is this blue marble in space, but nobody had seen that image before 1968, it didn’t exist. Jim Lovell and his two companions were the first people ever to see the Earth entire and as [astronaut] Charlie Duke says in the film, the only people to have seen the whole circle of the Earth are the 24 guys who went to the Moon.”

IGN has the full interview.


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Roger Ebert’s review, In the Shadow of the Moon

“We think of the Apollo voyages to the moon more in terms of the achievement than the ordeal. On the night of July 20, 1969, we looked up at the sky and realized that men, who had been gazing at the moon since before they were men, had somehow managed to venture there and were walking on its surface.”

Read the full review.


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