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Merkaw
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posted 08-02-2014 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merkaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which Mercury, Gemini and Apollo documentary would you consider the "must have"?

I'm new to the pre-shuttle area, and was totally hooked on the earlier years after a visit to Kennedy Space Center this summer. So far I've bought the following pre-shuttle space DVD/Blu-ray:

  • When We Left Earth: NASA's Greatest Missions
  • In the Shadow of the Moon
  • For All Mankind
  • Moonwalk One
And a few non-documentaries:
  • The Right Stuff
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • Apollo 13
Am I missing a "must have"?

lunarexplorer
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posted 08-02-2014 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarexplorer   Click Here to Email lunarexplorer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have some great documentaries in your collection. I have them all and would say "In the Shadow of the Moon" is one of the best.

Some other DVD sets available which are not so much a documentary but show some great footage (some narrated) of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions are available from Spacecraft Films. I would recommend Project Mercury and Project Gemini. Down the track you might want to get some of the Apollo DVDs. They have a summer sale on now so you get 10% off and free shipping if you spend over $125 (including international!). So maybe a great time to get both.

Lots of cool stuff also on YouTube as well. I always check this forum as members always point out great videos. For example I have never seen 300 Feet to the Moon which was just posted. The Last Man on the Moon with Gene Cernan has only recently been released (for the big screen) but will probably be a must have DVD to have in the future.

David C
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posted 08-03-2014 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Documentary wise I'd say "In the Shadow of the Moon"; and if it gets released on DVD eventually then "The Last Man on the Moon" should join it. The "Spacecraft Films" stuff is great but much of it is pretty hardcore; very long real-time communications gaps or sometimes no sound track at all. However their Apollo 11 work is a "must have".

Dramatisation wise, the series "From The Earth to the Moon" (FTETTM) is second to none. The movie "Apollo 13" is good but strays in places and amalgamates characters. I'm sure there's a thread around here discussing it's errors.

For a more technical viewpoint the series "Moon Machines" is a great introduction (although some aspects are mentioned in FTETTM).

If you're interested in the truth then avoid "The Right Stuff". It's very entertaining myth-making.

Oh and get some books. The best is Collins "Carrying the Fire", followed by Cunningham's "The All American Boys". Only one landing, Apollo 15 has accounts written by all three crew members and between them you get a really good look at the mission. They are Scott's (and Leonov's) "Two Sides of the Moon", Worden's "Falling to Earth" and Irwin's "To Rule The Night". I'd probably read them in the order they were written, i.e. Irwin, Scott, Worden.

I also enjoyed Duke's "Moonwalker", a very candid book.

garymilgrom
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posted 08-03-2014 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lots of good advice above. If we can stray into fictional movies, many people old enough to have seen the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs live got hooked on spaceflight by the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".

4allmankind
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posted 08-03-2014 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I try to promote "To The Moon", from NOVA as much as possible. It was originally broadcast on PBS in 1999 and is one of my favorites.

ea757grrl
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posted 08-03-2014 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as I know it hasn't been released on DVD, but the 1994 TBS documentary "Moon Shot" is well worth watching, if for no other reason than it's told from the astronauts' point of view. Also worth finding is the PBS documentary series "Spaceflight," which aired in the '80s and hasn't seen DVD release, but I think a couple episodes may be found on YouTube.

Merkaw
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posted 08-03-2014 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merkaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see there will be lots to do on the long winter nights.

Thank you for your advise and recommendations. Also for the book titles pointed out. I've bought a few books already, but haven't had time for them yet.

I'm still looking for a must have coffee table book on the Apollo program. I appreciate your help.

pollux
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posted 08-03-2014 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pollux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it's a coffee table book you want, then you could do worse than "A Man on The Moon: 3 Volume Illustrated Commemorative Boxed Set" by Andrew Chaikin. A sumptuous box set version of the original book, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photos.

A good book made even better!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 08-03-2014 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The box set entitled "Moon Machines" is a must in my opinion.

GoesTo11
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posted 08-03-2014 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Merkaw:
I'm still looking for a must have coffee table book on the Apollo program.

Full Moon by Michael Light, and Moonfire by Norman Mailer. Guaranteed conversation starters.

lordolsen
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posted 08-03-2014 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lordolsen   Click Here to Email lordolsen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All metioned are worth seeing! One of my favorite are "When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions" series from Discovery Channel from 2008.

Headshot
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posted 08-03-2014 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a four-part series called Spaceflight that was exceptionally good. I believe it came out in the late 1970's or early '80s and was narrated by Martin Sheen.

Mike Dixon
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posted 08-03-2014 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Conquest" is also an exceptional series, though not available on DVD as far as I'm aware.

chet
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posted 08-03-2014 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Under fiction, the 1969 film "Marooned" was pretty good, especially for when it was made; definitely worth a view (despite the awkwardly abrupt ending).

randy
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posted 08-03-2014 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One I might suggest is called "Space-The Ultimate Frontier". It is the ultimate 'coffee table book'-it's about 2 feet x 3 feet- it would probably cover half of your coffee table. I have a copy and highly recommend it.

JPSastro
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posted 08-03-2014 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JPSastro   Click Here to Email JPSastro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
The box set entitled "Moon Machines" is a must in my opinion.
I second recommendation for "Moon Machines." It was produced for the Science Channel in 2009.

Covers the Saturn V, Command module, navigation computer, space suit and the lunar rover in great detail. Over four hours of viewing pleasure. A must own.

Merkaw
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posted 09-26-2014 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merkaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally found a mint "A Man on The Moon," the three volume illustrated commemorative boxed set, by Andrew Chaikin. It's great.

Also just received a DVD of Nova's "To the Moon." Seen it three times already. Truly enjoy it.

"Moon Machines" DVD set is on its way, as well as the books "Moonfire" and "Full Moon." Thanks for the recommendations.

Merkaw
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posted 10-19-2014 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merkaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my copies of "Moonfire" and "Full Moon" today. Great books loaded with great photos. Excellent print quality for both books. Just what I was looking for. Thanks!

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