From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 12

Le Voyage Dans La Lune

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 10, 1998 on HBO
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Le Voyage Dans La Lune
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Throughout history, the moon has always fascinated humanity. In 1954, Jean-Luc Despont recalls working on 1902's Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon). He, star/writer/director Georges Méliès and everyone else involved did their best to make an interesting movie. Flashing ahead, Gene Cernan, Jack Schmitt and others recall 1972's Apollo 17 – the last moon mission. Details like how Schmitt got his chance to go to the moon, mission details and what went on up there are covered. How are these two moments related? More importantly, will humanity ever walk on the moon again?moreless

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    Chris Isaak

    Chris Isaak

    Astronaut Edward White II

    Dan Butler

    Dan Butler

    Flight Director Eugene Kranz

    Timothy Daly

    Timothy Daly

    Astronaut James Lovell

    Paul McCrane

    Paul McCrane

    Astronaut Pete Conrad

    Bryan Cranston

    Bryan Cranston

    Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

    George Newbern

    George Newbern

    Astronaut Stu Roosa

    Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks

    Jean-Luc Despont

    Guest Star

    Tchéky Karyo

    Tchéky Karyo

    George Melies

    Guest Star

    Stephen Root

    Stephen Root

    Chris Kraft

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    • QUOTES (8)

      • Gene Cernan: Oh, man. Hey Jack, just stop. You owe yourself 30 seconds to take a look up over the south massif and look at the Earth.
        Jack Schmitt: You've seen one Earth, you've seen them all.

      • Gene Cernan: I am the last man to walk on the moon. (pause) Not that anyone gives a shit.

      • Jack Schmitt: I can make a claim to being the last person to walk on the moon. It all depends on how you look at it. I got out of the LEM after Gene did. So that would make me the twelfth and final person to make footprints up there. (pause) It's not like I get stopped at restaurants because of it.

      • Chris Kraft: (to Gene Cernan) Here's the number one mission rule. Tattoo this to your eyelids. Don't take any chances. Just come back alive.

      • Chris Kraft: I will bet you fifty dollars and a box of donuts that no one knows the names of the last two men to walk on the moon, and I will tell you why. Because they didn't die up there.

      • Gene Cernan: As I take man's last step from the surface, back home, for now but we believe not too long into the future. I'd just like to say what history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And as we leave the moon at Taurus-Littrow we leave as we came and God willing, as we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.

      • Jean-Luc Despont: (George Melies) came to me one day and said, "Jean-Luc, I want to tell an amazing story with my camera. I want to take people on the most amazing trip." I thought he meant a trip to someplace literal. To Lyon or Marseille. Then he said, "Let's take a voyage to the moon." And I said, "How about Nice? It's closer."

      • Jack Schmidt: President Nixon sent up a message congratulating us on the "last exploration of the moon in this century". Boy, that made me mad, because we were just getting good at it!

    • NOTES (2)

      • Jack Schmitt was the only scientist to go to the moon.

      • This is the only episode not introduced by Tom Hanks. Instead there is an off-camera introduction by Blythe Danner who then narrates. This was obviously done to prevent confusion as Tom Hanks stars and narrates the historical portion as his character Jean Luc Despont.

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