Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Apollo: The Race Against Time

Centuries from now, people will look back at key moments during the 1960s and 70s, when 12 American astronauts first left planet Earth and walked on the moon, as some of the most pivotal events in world history. In this one-hour special, we discover how the only remaining Saturn V rocket that was specifically built to launch an Apollo mission is being restored at Johnson Space Center in Houston; we find out how a lunar rover test vehicle is restored at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center; we see how Apollo spacesuits, including the one worn by Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin, are being carefully preserved at the National Air and Space Museum. In addition, Aldrin and astronaut Gene Cernan (the last man to walk on the moon/Apollo 17), describe in exclusive interviews what it was like to journey hundreds of thousands of miles through space and to walk on the moon. And former Mission Director Gene Kranz takes us on a tour of the original Mission Control, now a National Historic Landmark, and brings to life some of the hairiest and most inspiring moments of the Apollo Program.


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