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American Experience: Race to the Moon: The Daring Adventure of Apollo 8


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  • Actors: Kevin Kercher, Rocky Collins, Matthew Collins (III), Ben Loeterman, Mark Zwonitzer
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CPHA9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit, marking the first manned mission to the moon and the first live TV coverage of the lunar surface. While landing on the moon would not come until months later, the Apollo 8 mission was a historical milestone that proved essential to ensure future success in a lunar landing. In a thrilling deep space adventure, this film revisits man's momentous first voyage to the moon and the race for space.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JAR on February 22, 2006
A well-told, informative film that captures the essence of the Space Program. Using the perspectives of the astronauts, their wives, cosmonauts as well as engineers and journalists, this documentary tells how the Apollo team accomplished the aggressive goal of reaching the moon and how this historical mission touched their lives.

Those interested in the space program, history and quality films will find this is a must watch.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dsinned on September 14, 2006
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An interesting documentary with excellent coverage specifically of Apollo 8, the first and overwhelmingly successful manned mission to orbit the Moon. This DVD runs slightly under 60 minutes, however there are about another 30 minutes or so of deleted scenes provided as extra features on the disc.

For a home entertainment DVD version of the original broadcast on TV, as a part of the ongoing PBS series, the American Experience, I do not understand why the publisher did not simply include all the scenes (uneditted) and make this a 90 minute feature. All deleted scenes are completely relevant to the storyline and likely be of keen interest to the average viewer.

I particularly liked the deleted scene with Astronaut Bill Anders explaining his first sighting of the Moon (closeup, just prior to going into orbit) while it was still in total darkness (Double Umbra).

The many additional interviews with the other Astronauts, Jim Lovell, the Command Module Pilot, and Frank Borman, Mission Commander, their wives and Mission Controllers, TV commentators (Walter Cronkite) and space historians, and their reflections of the event, were also very interesting.

There was an interview with Frank Borman's wife, Susan, that reveals at one point during the mission while her husband was already orbiting the Moon, she insisted on knowing what the astronauts' chances were for a successful return to Earth. Kris Craft, head of Houston Mission Control, gave her his honest opinion, as no better than 50-50.

The pictures of the Earth from a quarter million miles away are breathtaking, as is true of most other movies about the Apollo program. My favorite is of the "crescent" Earth as scene from outer space, as opposed to a fully illuminated sphere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on March 1, 2009
This video captures the drama of the daring Apollo 8 flight. Never before had humans ventured more than 850 miles from Earth. Now they were going 230,000 miles to the moon and back. This DVD includes simulations, actual footage from the flight, and recollections from the now-elderly crew.

Instead of repeating other reviewers, I now focus on seldom-mentioned facts. Frank Borman got sick, and there was concern about the entire crew coming down with a virus and becoming incapacitated. Fortunately, this didn't happen. Then the midcourse-correction burn hinted at a possible problem with the service-module engine. Should it be trusted for the lunar-insertion-burn and especially for the mandatory trans-Earth injection burn? It was. The cut segments of the DVD indicated the danger of collision of the spacecraft and the just-abandoned spent third stage of the Saturn V rocket. The CSM maneuvered away from it. Finally, not long before re-entry, Lovell made an error which wiped out the navigational data in the system. Fortunately, it was corrected in time.

The DVD alludes to the unmanned Soviet Zond flights around the moon and back (carrying turtles and some other live cargo) in September and November 1968. So Apollo 8 was moved up to December 1968 in anticipation of an impending manned circumlunar Soviet flight. It later turned out that the re-entries of the Zond spacecraft were incorrectly aimed, and this would have killed any human in them. For this reason, the Soviets didn't feel ready to attempt the manned circumlunar flight. Once the US took the lead, they never did--instead pretending that they never intended to go to the moon. Former Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (the first man to walk in space; Ed White was the second) described the letters of indignation which came from Soviet citizens who complained about the Americans being allowed to pull ahead in the space race.
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