This series of 12 mini-movies by HBO Pictures is by far the best recreation of the early USA space program. The series covers a little of the Mercury program, much of Gemini, but centers around the story behind the astronauts and crew of the Apollo missions. Viewers are witness to Alan Shepard's first 15 minute sub-orbital flight through to Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt and Eugene Cernan's final steps upon the surface of the moon. You will also experience how the design and engineering staff overcame many difficulties in the endevour to place a human safely upon the moon. The dramatic elements of the story I cannot comment on, but for the most part, the facts within the series are supreme. This is a great example of well thought-out movie making and I highly recommend for all but the very young. I also recommend watching "The Right Stuff" just before watching this series to help give some background on the astronauts, and inserting "Apollo 13" after the story of Pete Conrad and Alan Bean of Apollo 12, as the filmmakers (and stars) felt this story had already been well told. Otherwise, enjoy! I am.
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