For the 50th Anniversary of the First Manned Mission to the Moon, the Riveting NOVA Documentary “Apollo’s Daring Mission”

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22 December 2018
Apollo’s Daring Mission
Courtesy of NASA
“Apollo’s Daring Mission”
Premieres Wednesday, December 26 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

          Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon. The U.S. space program suffered a bitter setback when Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire during a pre-launch run-through.

          In disarray, and threatened by the prospect of a Soviet Union victory in the space race, NASA decided upon a radical and risky change of plan: turn Apollo 8 from an earth-orbit mission into a daring sprint to the moon while relying on untried new technologies. Suddenly everything hinged on Apollo 8. Fifty years after the historic mission, the Apollo 8 astronauts and engineers recount the feats of engineering that paved the way to the moon.


FRANK BORMAN - Commander, Apollo 8
WILLIAM A. ANDERS - Pilot, Apollo 8
JAMES A. LOVELL, JR. - Navigator, Apollo 8
RUSHMORE DeNOOYER - producer/filmmaker
JOHN AARON - Mission Control, Apollo 8
RAMON ALONSO - Computer Engineer, MIT Instrumentation Lab
HUGH BLAIR-SMITH - Computer Engineer, Author
JERRY BOSTICK - Mission Control, Apollo 8
MICHAEL COLLINS - Mission Control, Apollo 8
DEBORAH G. DOUGLAS - Historian, MIT Museum
MARGARET HAMILTON - Software Engineer, MIT Instrumentation Lab
DAVID MINDELL - Author, Digital Apollo
SONNY MOREA - Apollo F-1 Engine Project Manager
RONALD E. TEPOOL - Apollo F-1 Test Engineer

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