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Apollo: Missions to the Moon

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Apollo: Missions to the Moon

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Monday 15 July at 8.30pm Channel 072

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic first manned lunar landing, National Geographic is kicking off its Space Week programming with a two-hour documentary, Apollo: Missions to the Moon. 

Premiering on July 15 at 8:30pm, the film will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages.

Executive produced and directed by Tom Jennings, Apollo: Missions to the Moon weaves together more than 500 hours of footage, 800 hours of audio and 10,000 photos.

Using first-person storytelling, with no narration or talking head interviews, this account of NASA’s Apollo Space Program follows it from the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission to the final flight that brought the program to a close, and will include newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio.

The documentary also boasts several firsts, including the combination of NASA footage with black-box recordings from Apollo capsules and the synchronization of 30-track audio from mission control.

The film’s score is composed by James Everingham and produced by Hans Zimmer and Russell Emanuel.

“Apollo: Missions to the Moon unveils what was happening not only on the ground at mission control but also in the homes of the families and friends who stood by as their loved ones took to the skies,” said Jennings in a statement. “The whole world stopped for a moment to rejoice and take pride in the boundless sense of courage and optimism that Apollo made possible.”