The Last Man on the Moon
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When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped on the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now, over forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss. Cernan’s burning ambition carried him from a quiet Chicago suburb to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space, and ultimately, to the moon. Five years in the making, The Last Man on the Moon unveils a wealth of rare archive, and takes Cernan back to the launch pads of Cape Kennedy, to Arlington National Cemetery and to his Texas ranch, where he finds respite from a past that refuses to let him go. Sharing home movies, scrapbooks and intimate moments with his closest friends and family, he brings his spine-tingling experiences to the big screen more vividly than any moonwalker has done before.
This Blu-ray edition includes extended interviews and featurettes capturing more of Gene's intimate moments and stories.
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The film is in (very) limited theatrical release as of this writing (March 4, 2016), but is currently available on-demand (AT&T U-Verse) for those who don't want to wait for the DVD in April.
Gene is in his 80's, but as sharp and fit as ever. We see his NASA accomplishments along side his personal life on his ranch and life on the road as a spokesman for the program. It is a well-made, well-balanced view of Gene's contributions to America's s[ace program. He is a true American hero.
The Movie itself is splendidly done, and one could not ask for a better perspective of what it would be like to have been an Astronaut. I know these men not only served their country, went above & beyond... but then they came home to remind us of who and what we should always strive to be as human beings. For that, I will always be grateful to have grown up w/ Astronauts as my Heroes, they deserve every moment of praise. And, more.
This film delved into the personal losses of the astronauts themselves which were quite substantial. Other NASA employees and subcontractors gave just as much time but didn't incur the loss of life. These Apollo era fliers will soon be gone and then today's science-illiterate populace will question everything that was done and gained. It's already started with a huge increase in Moon deniers and the resurgence of the flat earthers. Gene Cernan is one of many great patriots. He questions what people will think and remember of their time on the Moon.
I hope it inspires more people to want for the adventure and pure research and development that comes from space exploration. There is meaning behind pure exploration and learning - somewhere that got lost. We have an obligation to be adventurers. To find and learn and love the universe that we are given.
You will watch it more than once.