From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 6

Mare Tranquilitatis

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 1998 on HBO
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Mare Tranquilitatis
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It is July 1969, and years of testing, flights and controversy have all been building to this moment. The Apollo 11 mission is ready to begin and everyone on Earth knows what its purpose is. Reporter Emmett Seaborn presents a special to commemorate this event – featuring a group interview with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Issues of simulations, testing, the decision of which man got to set foot on the moon first, and more are touched on. Flashbacks offer further elaboration, as well. Finally, on July 20, 1969, the world watches as Neil and Buzz take that historic "small step."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

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • After landing on the moon, Aldrin says, "Magnificent desolation," and then Armstrong says, "Magnificent sight out here." Although these lines are historically accurate, they were actually spoken in the opposite order.

      • In the shot of Neil Armstrong taking his first step on the lunar surface, he clearly puts his foot into a pre-existing footprint.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Jay Honeycutt (Simulation Supervisor ): (briefing the sim techs about preparation for Apollo 11) For the next three months, you and I will do everything in our power to see that these men are able to land safely, which means that for the next three months, we must do everything in our power to kill them.

      • Emmett Seaborn: If everything goes according to plan, an event will take place today that will forever mark the 20th day of the seventh month of the year. I can guarantee that you'll remember this day, where you are and what you are doing. This is a day mankind has anticipated ever since we first lifted our eyes unto the nighttime sky and wondered what marvels wait for us on the face of our beautiful, mysterious companion in the cosmos. Today is the day we find out. Today is the day we set foot on the moon.

      • Charlie Duke (CapCom): You're front-page news pretty much everywhere in the world, boys. Oh, Neil, you'll be happy to know the Russian newspaper Pravda is calling you the czar of the mission.
        Michael Collins: Well, the czar is brushing his teeth right now, but I'll pass that along.

      • Emmett Seaborn: You've lifted off, flown to the moon, without biting your tongue. You're finally climbing down the Eagle's ladder, about to set foot on the moon. What do you think will be going through your mind then?
        Neil Armstrong: Emmett, uh, I just hope I don't trip.

      • Michael Collins: (in a discussion about what to say upon landing on the moon) If you had any balls you'd say, "Oh, my God! What is that thing?" Then scream and cut your mike.

      • Neil Armstong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.

      • Neil Armstrong: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

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