In the Shadow of the Moon Reviews
The most moving segments were the scenes of people around the world huddled in front of tiny TV sets watching Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon in the name of all mankind, and the scenes where the astronauts tell what it was like after the program was over and they had to live with the fact that the greatest accomplishments of their lives were behind them. These men, all in their 70s when the interviews were shot, had to find various ways to come to terms with the fact that nothing else they had done would matter as much as those few years of achieving a dead president's mission to beat the Soviets to the Moon.
It was an absolutely astounding achievement, a massive undertaking by engineers, scientists, technicians, pilots, administrators, and politicians that may never happen again. Yes, it's a story that's been told before. But it's a marvellous story nonetheless, each and every time.
The documentary is presented in such a way, that anyone, "space nerds" like myself or someone with no knowledge of space flight can enjoy the story of Apollo.
I originally gave this a four star rating, but after reviewing it over and over in my head, the newly restored NASA films and beautifully told stories got to me, and I am now giving it a final score of four and a half.
Lots of great NASA footage that you don't really see in the 5 second clips in pop culture, and a great document of the astronaut's own experiences while they're still here.