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At the heart of the Apollo space program and a remarkable decade of achievement was the team who worked in Mission Control.They were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. Some came from a rural lifestyle little changed from the 19th century. Others grew up in a gritty, blue-collar America of mines and smoke stacks. They ranged from kids straight out of college to those toughened by military service. But from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born. They were setting out on what JFK called: “The most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked” and through their testimony – and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA flight directors – the film takes us from the faltering start of the program through the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire to the glories of the Moon landings.
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A well-crafted, revealing British documentary reuniting the surviving team members entrusted with safely taking astronauts to the moon and back. Although these hidden figures are exclusively male and almost entirely Caucasian, there s still much to find uplifting. --L.A. Times
An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at the flight controllers and support crews that helped America win the space race. --Variety
An absorbing document of the Space Race of the Sixties (aka another endless instance of global dick-measuring), and the engineers who put a man on the moon (supposedly). --The Austin Chronicles
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Just like their last release, the cinematography is excellent combining interviews with both those who served at Mission Control during the early days and also those who are currently serving in Mission Control. Interviews with the big names that you would expect are of course present including the man who started it all off, Chris Kraft and his disciples of Glynn Lunney and Gene Kranz as well as people who served in the trenches.
Mission Control really got famous to the modern era through the Apollo 13 film and made Gene Kranz a household name. However apart from a couple of names, not much was detailed about Mission Control and how critical they were in not only the Apollo 13 mission but in all of the missions. Without Mission Control, Apollo 11 would have aborted when they received the program alarms. Apollo 12 would have aborted on take-off when they got hit by lightning and lost the platform. Apollo 14 would never have landed on the moon with the docking problem between the CSM and the LEM etc. etc.
The Mission Control documentary takes you through some of these key decision with interviews of the people who actually made the decisions or were there at the time. It details the history and the code of ethics that arose after the Apollo 1 fire.
You do get a few bits of bonus material on the Blu-Ray however not that much, especially considering the amount of material they would have shot to make the movie. That would be my only criticism on this movie and even then it's a stretch.
It was a little bittersweet to see Gene Cernan make an appearance in the movie.
This is truly an outstanding and extremely interesting documentary that everyone with a passing interest in space, nasa or the moon landings should watch.
I can’t say enough about this movie — there have been documentaries before, and even “Apollo 13” did a great job showcasing the Flight Controllers in Mission Control… but nothing has done such an amazing job of presenting the story, in the words and interviews of the actual Flight Controllers who made the Apollo Program the success that it was.
I was highly fortunate to work with and for some of these same individuals… these men who shaped not only NASA’s early history, but indeed the overall culture and operating environment of Mission Control that we were to carry on years later.
Go. Get this. Watch it.
You won’t regret it.