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on May 19, 2008
I'm a space nut. So, at first, I'm thinking, "This is pretty familiar stuff."
I had often imagined what liftoff felt like, but then I heard astronauts describe it. Mike Collins: "I'd describe it as a nervous novice driving a wide car down a narrow alley. You know, you've gotta make corrections. You're not quite sure. You zig this way, and I mean... and what it is, is those big motors underneath, gimbaling, you know, swiveling back and forth to keep you in balance ... and the gimbaling of the motors, you feel in the seat of your pants. And, thinking, 'Gee, that launch tower is just a few feet off to one side. I hope this sucker isn't gonna gimbal over in that direction too much.'"
I thought I knew all about the 1202 and 1201 computer alarms that almost aborted the first moon landing. The on-board computers were overloaded. I knew why mission controllers said, "We're go on that." But I never knew how the computers got overloaded until Buzz Aldrin explained it in this film: "Being Dr. Rendezvous, no matter what the checklist said, I was gonna leave the rendezvous radar on and active... So the landing radar is feeding information, the rendezvous radar is, and evidently that combination was not anticipated by the guys at MIT."
The astronaut interviews pull you into the experience of going to the moon -- and more importantly, of returning safely to the earth. Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean:
"Since that time, I have not complained about the weather one single time. I'm glad there is weather. I've not complained about traffic. I'm glad there's people around. One of the things that I did when I got home, I went down to shopping centers, and I'd just go around there, get an ice cream cone or somethin', and just watch the people go by, and think: 'Boy, we're lucky to be here. Why do people complain about the earth? We are living in the Garden of Eden.'"
I'm a DVD nut, too. I tend to listen to all the commentary tracks, and watch all the extra features. Even if you don't do that, on this DVD, be sure to watch the "Bonus Interviews & Stories" in "Special Features." It's about an hour of additional material that was cut from the movie, and it's solid gold.
Excellent movie. Excellent DVD.