Airdate: In the Shadow of the Moon

SBS will air the 2006 British documentary In the Shadow of the Moon, looking at the US moon missions Apollo 11 – Apollo 17.

Presented by Ron Howard, this film played at the Sundance Film Festival.

It includes NASA footage which hasn’t been seen in over 30 years. Ten of the twenty-four astronauts who travelled to the Moon feature in interviews.

Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. In the Shadow of the Moon brings together for the first, and very possibly the last time, surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission which flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words.

Featuring stunning archive footage which has been remastered from original NASA material – much of it never seen before – this documentary offers a powerful and profound reminder of the extraordinary accomplishments humankind is capable of. This film is also a celebration of the magic of moon flight and space exploration.

In 1961, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. Through training, tragedy and triumph, this film revisits the greatest moments of one of humanity’s great achievements during a decade of civil unrest, war and influential social movements.

This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program as well as the army of experts determined to make the endeavour possible. The participating astronauts include Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13), Dave Scott (Apollo 9 and 15), John Young (Apollo 10 and 16), Gene Cernan (Apollo 10 and 17), Mike Collins (Apollo 11), Alan Bean (Apollo 12), Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) and Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17).

Beautifully directed by David Sington, this film gets up close and personal with the astronauts as they discuss their experiences and friendships, and reveal their wit, emotion, and daring sense of adventure.

It airs Tuesday, 22 February at 10.05pm on SBS ONE.

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