June 5, 2020

Review: From Earth to the Moon.

A few years back, I unearthed a hidden gem at Zia Records in Tucson, my all time favorite of a dying breed, the local record store. That gem was HBO’s From Earth to the Moon box set, and it is still well worth hunting down. Hosted by Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, it originally ran as a twelve part mini series covering the US space program through the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo series of missions. Now that Apollo 11s’ 40th is winding down, (will anybody mark the splashdown?) the LRO and LCROSS satellites are in lunar orbit, and the Ares X-1 is ramping up for its first test flight later this year, its a good time to reflect on how we got here. [Read more...]