Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

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At the heart of the Apollo space program and a remarkable decade of achievement was the team who worked in Mission Control.They were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. Some came from a rural lifestyle little changed from the 19th century. Others grew up in a gritty, blue-collar America of mines and smoke stacks. They ranged from kids straight out of college to those toughened by military service. But from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born. They were setting out on what JFK called: "The most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked" and through their testimony--and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA flight directors--the film takes us from the faltering start of the program through the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire to the glories of the Moon landings.

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  • Really, seeing these likable oldsters talk at length is just about the entire point of this picture.

    Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is the usual mix of talking heads and archival footage, but Fairhead also inserts detailed CGI sequences that vividly illustrate the technical issues unfolding.

    Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A well-crafted, revealing British documentary reuniting the surviving team members entrusted with safely taking astronauts to the moon and back.

    Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at the flight controllers and support crews that helped America win the space race.

    Apr 11, 2017 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • A compelling narrative explanation of the moon mission in a manner which makes both familiar details and new revelations equally enlightening and enjoyable. Add to this a terrific original score...and Mission Control is an all-round worthwhile experience.

    Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Combining archival footage, interviews, and stunning VFX recreations, the film chronicles the hard work of the men who worked in Mission Control, the lives of astronauts they sent to space, and their efforts to save the crew of Apollo 13.

    Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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