From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 2

Apollo 1

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 1998 on HBO
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Apollo 1
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January 27, 1967. In preparation for the flight of Apollo 1, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee undergo a routine "plug-out" test in their space capsule. But their routine test turns to disaster when a small electrical fire explodes into a raging inferno, taking the lives of three men before their ship can even leave the ground. A nation mourns, but a watchful Senate Committee - anxious over the extreme haste and massive expenditure involved in fulfilling the late President Kennedy's dream - may pull their own plug from the entire Apollo project.moreless

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  • An American Tragedy

    9.5
    The Apollo One tragedy was an unexpected blow to the space program. Much of the story is covered in great detail in the motion picture “The Right Stuff” so this episode focuses more on the investigation and the political fall-out.



    Dave Andrews playing Frank Borman does an excellent job helping us follow the investigation while keeping an Astronaut as the main focus of the story.



    We see how the series really works together as a whole, because they are allowed to skip getting to know the Apollo 1 astronauts due to the fact that Gus Grissom was featured in Episode one, having been involved in both Mercury and Gemini programs. Ed White is remembered as the first American to do a spacewalk. He is played by Chris Isaak, who really does a great job with very little screen time. Their previous introduction makes the story telling thin this episode more concise, as we can feel the loss of the men we got to know in the previous episode.moreless
Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

Astronaut Edward White II

George Newbern

George Newbern

Astronaut Stu Roosa

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

NASA Deputy Administrator George Mueller

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Astronaut Gus Grissom

Ben Marley

Ben Marley

Astronaut Roger Chaffee

David Andrews

David Andrews

Frank Borman

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Lee Atwood

Guest Star

Mason Adams

Mason Adams

Sen. Clinton Anderson

Guest Star

John Slattery

John Slattery

Walter Mondale

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Gus Grissom: I read you fine, the problem is you're not reading me.
      Deke Slayton: We're gonna get a new backup system, Gus. I sent a guy out for a couple of empty soup cans and some string. A lot of string.
      Gus Grissom: Really getting ridiculous.

    • Frank Borman: How are you handling it?
      Deke Slayton: (shrugs) I'm drunk.

    • Deke Slayton: You and I, we both know that people die testing unproved aircraft. It's not nice, we don't like it, but we all knew it'd happen some day.
      Frank Borman: No, Deke. We all knew it'd happen someday in space. It's one thing to die on a mission. It's another to die on the pad during a routine goddamn test.

    • Joe Shea: North American was given mission requirements. One of the requirements was a spacecraft designed to operate while filled with oxygen. And to do so without exploding!

    • Senator Anderson: What do you think we should do, Colonel?
      Frank Borman: I think you should stop this witch hunt, and let us go to the moon.

    • Senator Anderson: (During the Apollo 1 hearings) Now, before we all go home, is there any statement you personally would like to make?
      Frank Borman: I think I'm safe in speaking for all the astronauts when I say that we're confident in our management, we're confident in our training, in our engineering, and in ourselves. The real question is, are you confident in us?

    • Gus Grissom: How are we going to get to the moon if we can't talk between two or three buildings?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Grissom, White, and Chaffee's wives give Deke Slayton an astronaut pin the men had planned on giving him when they returned. (because they believed he would never go into space) A few years later Deke Slayton was cleared for flight duty in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and piloted the docking module during the first meeting of Americans and Soviets in outer space.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • James Webb: The only reason he didn't throw it down in front of me like Perry Mason…
      Webb compares Sen. Mondale's testimony in the committee hearing to TV lawyer Perry Mason, who produced surprise evidence in a theatrical method on a regular basis.

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