In the Shadow of the Moon

Synopsis: In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavor possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanity's great achievements.
Director(s): David Sington
Production: ThinkFilm
  6 wins & 13 nominations.
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100 min

[Music playing]

[Radio chatter]

[Electronic beeps]

[Radio chatter]

I kind of have two moons

in my head, I guess,

whereas most people

just have one moon.

I look at the Moon just like everybody else

who's never been there

and, you know, there it is and

I've always thought it was interesting...

Whether it's full or a sliver,

or what have you.

But every once in a while,

I do think of a second moon,

you know, the one that

I recall from up close

and, yeah, it is kind of hard to believe

that I was actually up there.


I want to promise you, I'm human.

I pinched myself to find out

whether it was really happening.

I called the Moon my home

for three days of my life

and I'm here to tell you about it.

That's science fiction.

My father was born shortly

after the Wright brothers.

He could barely believe

that I went to the Moon.

But my son, Tom, was five.

And he didn't think

it was any big deal.

[Music playing]


Lift-off, we have a lift-off.


The tower is clear.

# Woke up this morning #

# With light in my eyes... #


One day, under secret orders,

a group of us at the Test Pilot Center

were ordered to go to Washington

to get a briefing.

And they talked about the Atlas booster

and putting a capsule on top of that

with a man in it,

Uh, to... To try to put a man into space.

And of course, at that time,

the Atlas boosters were blowing up

every other day down at Cape Canaveral.

# Hey Mr. Spaceman #

# Won't you please take me along #

# I won't do anything wrong #

And it looked like a very, you know,

quick way to have a short career.

# ... Take me along for a ride #

# Woke up this morning #

# I was feeling quite weird #

# I had flies in my beard #

# My toothpaste was smeared #

# Over my window

they'd written my name #

# Said, "So long,

we'll see you again" #

# Hey Mr. Spaceman #

# Won't you please take me along #

# I won't do anything wrong #

# Hey Mr. Spaceman #

# Won't you please take #

me along for a ride

[Radio chatter]


Now it is time

to take longer strides,

time for a great new

American enterprise,

time for this nation

to take a clearly leading role

in space achievement.

Politically, it was about

beating the Russians,

but those of us with a science bent

or a curious bent,

knew it was more than that.

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 the Earth.

It was beautiful in its simplicity.

Do what? Moon!

When? End of decade!

He challenged us to do

what I think most people

thought was impossible, including me.

We go into space because whatever

Mankind must undertake,

free men must fully share.


But in a very real sense,

it will not be one man

going to the Moon.

We make this judgment affirmatively;

It will be an entire nation.

For all of us must work to put him there.

[Music playing]

I did the usual thing

of making model airplanes.

Most of them,

little balsawood contraptions.

Some of them actually flew

and I liked that.

So I'd been interested

in mechanical objects in the sky,

I guess, from as long

as I could remember.


I was always awed by flight.

When I was a young lad,

a barnstormer flying

a World War I airplane

landed on our farm and Dad

helped him refuel and I got a ride,

and he took me for a circle of the field

and that was my first airplane ride,

at about four years of age.


The Mustangs dropped their wing tanks

and plunged into the fight.

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