“One small step for man…One giant leap for mankind” is a Neil Armstrong quote that takes us right back to that historical moment of when Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off into space and walked on the moon for the first time.
The last few years, Hollywood has been obsessed with space. From Gravity to First Man, audiences and producers alike just can’t seem to get enough. Now comes Director Todd Douglas Miller with Apollo 11 and nearly over 11,000 hours of un-catalogued audio recordings and never before seen archival footage masterful used to chronicle this journey from the time these three men are selected to their journey back from space.
Watching mission control become elated when the mission is officially a success and when it looks like the crew may be in danger stepping onto the surface, a potential leak before takeoff or how the route needed to be changed coming back for safety reason. All in the name of our country and science. I also thinks it’s interesting how only the astronauts are recognized and praised for these missions when there are literally hundreds responsible for pulling the whole thing off. It is because these men were so brave, that we are able to breathe a little easier these days…literally.
One of the most fascinating scenes was watching how all the hundreds of civilians gathered in parking lots, the take off site and more to get a glimpse of history in the making. These hundreds of Americans pumped with the excitement of watching the first moon landing and having no idea that a leaking valve detected moments before take off could have derailed the whole mission.
President John F. Kennedy said shortly after being elected about space travel to the moon, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard…because the goal to serve will organize and measure the best of our energies and skills because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are willing to postpone and one which we intend to win, and the others too”. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, but saw a vision for our country far beyond any of our wildest dreams.
Watching this all over again reminded me of the pride and love I have for our country. A country that makes anything possible…even landing on the moon.