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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-25-2007 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
***WORLD PREMIERE***
Critical Situation: Apollo 13
National Geographic Channel
Tuesday, June 26 at 9P et/pt
Also airs: June 27, 12A; June 30, 4P

Apollo 13 was NASA's third scheduled manned lunar-landing mission... but it never made it. Two days after its launch on April 11, 1970, an oxygen tank on board burst and, in moments, the situation turned from routine to perilous. Made famous by Tom Hanks in the 1995 movie "Apollo 13," the mission became a race against the clock - 200,000 miles above the Earth. NGC brings to life one of the most famous space rescues in history, with personal accounts from the real-life Apollo 13 crew.

A video preview is available that features clips from interviews with Gene Kranz, Sy Liebergot, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise.

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posted 06-26-2007 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
Looks good from the clip. The astronauts and Sy are just as we meet them today courtesy of Autographica and Sims/Hankow.
Actors play their parts in the reenaction.The original NASA Apollo 13 movie is quite depressing to watch today. I know I know it was a touch and go situation; we were allowed radios on in school, but there is a new audience out there to fire up and dark grainy film doesn't make the grade.Well done National Geographic.
Nick
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posted 06-26-2007 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like Conspiracy Moon Landing is on just before the Critical Situation. If you don't want to watch the Conspiracy Moon Landing consider the History Channel. They are showing The Universe: The Moon. With this description.

The moon has comforted man for thousands of years. It's been everything from a god to a compass, and the only cosmic body human beings have ever visited. NASA is planning to build a permanent outpost there. Discover how the moon came to be--if you don't already know, you will be astounded.

Mike Myer

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posted 06-26-2007 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:

NGC brings to life one of the most famous space rescues in history, with personal accounts from the real-life Apollo 13 crew.


One of the most famous? Is there another famous space rescue I don't know about?

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posted 06-26-2007 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting. I'll certainly watch it if it is shown in the UK, but I can't help but wondering what this documentary offers that wasn't already offered by PBS's excellent "Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back."

I see they use re-enacted footage but I'm not entirely convinced that there's a need for it...

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posted 06-26-2007 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rodina:
One of the most famous? Is there another famous space rescue I don't know about?


Sure... when the Skylab command module had a leaking thruster and they considered sending Brand and Lind up.... Oh, wait, that's on the conspiracy channel, the one detailing how evil forces denied for almost 20 years Lind's spaceflight....

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posted 06-26-2007 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mercsim   Click Here to Email mercsim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Darn! The digital cable guy doesn't get her till late in the week. Could someone TIVO (or record by some other means) it for me and put it on a DVD? Then of course I would like to 'borrow' it to avoid any copyright issues. I will send you a replica Mercury Capsule shingle for your trouble. Post here and then e-mail me to exchange addresses.

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posted 06-26-2007 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rodina:
One of the most famous? Is there another famous space rescue I don't know about?
It all depends on how you define "space rescue", but I would probably include Gemini 8 and Soyuz T-13, the latter crew having rescued Salyut 7. Though I don't know if either of those are famous. Perhaps the collision and fire on Mir are better examples.

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posted 06-27-2007 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

Sure, there are lots of other cases where astronauts did some fancy-pants astronaut stuff to save the day, but I think I can say without fear of contradiction that Apollo 13 is the MOST famous. I don't know why folks who write press releases have to couch their language on something like that.

It's like saying: "Yoko Ono, one of John Lennon's most famous wives." I mean, yes, there was another one, but, you know -- take a stand, folks.

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posted 06-27-2007 02:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert-
Thanks for the tip! NG did a nice job!
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posted 06-27-2007 05:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could anyone who watched it offer a review? Needless to say, I would also love to hear what Sy thinks of the finished product.

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posted 06-27-2007 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought that NG did a good job with the subject--can't expect a great production in just 46 minutes. Let me add that it was good to see John Aaron get some recognition--he was one of the true heroes of Apollo 13 rescue. However, none of the Apollo 13 documentary productions can hold a candle to PBS's 1994 "Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back." IMO, that's the one to measure against. DVD is available on Amazon.com.
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posted 06-27-2007 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every time I check in here it costs me money! Just ordered the Edge and Back DVD above - thanks for the recommendation!

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posted 06-27-2007 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sy Liebergot:
However, none of the Apollo 13 documentary productions can hold a candle to PBS's 1994 "Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back." IMO, that's the one to measure against.

Thanks for your thoughts, Sy. I'm with you on the standard set by "To the Edge and Back," as I said earlier in the thread:

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Originally posted by Naraht:
I can't help but wondering what this documentary offers that wasn't already offered by PBS's excellent "Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back."

Sy Liebergot
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posted 06-28-2007 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, I missed your comments to which I obviously agree.
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posted 06-28-2007 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SCE to AUX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, so when is the John Aaron book coming out!?!?

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posted 06-28-2007 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Sy Liebergot:
Oops, I missed your comments to which I obviously agree.


No problem, great minds think alike.

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Originally posted by SCE to AUX:
OK, so when is the John Aaron book coming out!?!?

Hear, hear! I want to collect the whole EECOM set. I'll be asking for Rod Loe next.

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posted 06-28-2007 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't hold your breath--these great guys are enjoying well-deserved retirement and golf.
Sy

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posted 06-28-2007 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah well, maybe someone will write a biography. Some days I dream of doing it myself.

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posted 06-28-2007 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SCE to AUX:
OK, so when is the John Aaron book coming out!?!?


When John Aaron was inducted in to the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame I asked him if had any plans to write a book. He told me that he did not. He said that he did not save the documents and other bits of personal information that he felt he would need to write a book.

Mike

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posted 06-29-2007 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just watched the PBS show; I thought it was very well done. I also enjoyed Naraht's blog - available on one of the other threads here on cS. http://collectspace.com/ubb/Forum9/HTML/001080.html

-Rich

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I saw the PBS documentary a couple of years before I saw the Hollywood movie. When I saw the movie, I thought it didn't do nearly as good of a job conveying just what a remarkable job of recovery was done to save the crew. For me, the PBS documentary is the best there is.

Plus, you can tell that the guys were still "fresh" when it came to telling their stories. After the movie came out, I suspect they became more rehearsed on recounting the details. For the PBS documentary, you see really strong emotions on those being interviewed...especially Kranz.

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Originally posted by astroborg:
I also enjoyed Naraht's blog - available on one of the other threads here on cS.

Thanks.

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Originally posted by mjanovec:
Plus, you can tell that the guys were still "fresh" when it came to telling their stories. After the movie came out, I suspect they became more rehearsed on recounting the details. For the PBS documentary, you see really strong emotions on those being interviewed...especially Kranz.

Yeah, you get the feeling that was at a point where they hadn't told their stories as many times, and as a result there was more immediacy in their retelling. I should say that I exempt Sy from that statement. I had the pleasure of seeing him in person last year and his account of the accident was just as fresh as if it had happened last week.

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