From the Earth to the Moon

Can We Do This?

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 4/5/98
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  • Episode Description
  • On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union accomplishes the unthinkable – Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin has orbited the Earth. Though Alan Shepard soon achieves the same feat in the Mercury program, Sputnik and other Soviet space accomplishments show that the United States is running far behind in the space race. Suggested by Hugh Dryden and committed to by President Kennedy, the ultimate goal and finish line will be a man setting foot on the moon. This puts NASA under extreme pressure, as they must figure out how to perform EVA, rendezvous, docking, long duration and spaceflight. Nine new astronauts must also be trained. In order to complete the Gemini program, work must be done and tragic problems must be weathered.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chris Isaak

    Astronaut Edward White II

  • Timothy Daly

    Astronaut James Lovell

  • Bryan Cranston

    Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

  • Peter Scolari

    Astronaut Pete Conrad (Episode 1 Only)

  • Mark Rolston

    Astronaut Gus Grissom

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The pilot

    By thefanof, Jul 13, 2010

  • An excellent start that sucks you right in to the series.

    By RJ-viewer, Nov 07, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Chris Kraft: Rendezvous. Two spacecraft meeting up in orbit. You wanna have some fun, come over to my house. You stand in the backyard, I'll stand in the front yard. You throw a tennis ball over my roof. I'll try to hit it with a rock as it comes sailing over. That's what we're going to have to do.

    • Ed White: (during his Gemini 4 spacewalk) I could stay out here all day. Jim McDivitt: Well, let's see what the Flight Director says. Chris Kraft: Flight Director says get back in!

    • (The Gemini Nine meet in a hotel) Jim Lovell: You guys are drinking in bad company if Pete Conrad's buying. Pete Conrad: Good God, not Jim Lovell. Space program's not safe if Shaky here can pass muster.

    • Buzz Aldrin: (during his Gemini 12 spacewalk) Jim, I'm gonna clean your windshield. Jim Lovell: Hey Buzz, check the oil too, would you?

    • Jim Lovell: Will Glenn be satisfied with president? Frank Borman: I don't know, let's ask Armstrong. (turns) Hey, Neil, would you vote for John Glenn for president? Neil Armstrong: Glenn for president, huh? That would depend. Who'd be runnin' for king?

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    Notes (1)

    • The song "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin was played in the background during the scene after Alan Shepard returns to earth (the parade and newspapers scene). It can also be heard in the movie Apollo 13.

    Trivia (1)

    • As Alan Shepard lifts off on Freedom 7, CapCom Deke Slayton says, "You're on your way, Jose!" Although not explained in the episode, this is a reference to comedian Bill Dana's routine in which his character Jose Jimenez pretends to be an astronaut. A recording of Dana's routine was actually patched into the radio communications loop before Shepard's liftoff; the launch was delayed for hours and apparently fellow astronaut Gordo Cooper thought Shepard needed to relax for a few minutes.

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