Hollywood Revisits Apollo 11

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Universal Pictures’ new film about the Apollo 11 mission, “First Man,” is due in theaters Oct. 12, and early reviews so far have been mainly positive. According to Variety, director Damien Chazelle knows the story has been told before, “so his audacious strategy is to make a movie so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession.” The $70 million film, starring Ryan Gosling, is based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” by James R. Hansen.

Armstrong was joined on the first Moon landing by astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Over the next few years, 10 astronauts followed, with Gene Cernan the last to leave his footprints on the Moon, in 1972. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, which took place July 20, 1969, is coming up next year. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli remembers that day, and plans to review “First Man” for our readers next month.

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Comments (6)

I remember watching the landings as a child and it was thrilling to see America first.
As an adult I see the colossal waste that manned spaceflight has been over the last 6 decades.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 25, 2018 8:59 AM    Report this comment

"As an adult I see the colossal waste that manned spaceflight has been over the last 6 decades."

Only because since Apollo, we've spent all our resources just circling the earth. It'd be like Columbus reaching North America, exploring a few feet from where the ships landed, turning back, and then just sailing around the European shoreline. That would have been a colossal waste of resources too.

Posted by: Gary Baluha | September 25, 2018 9:14 AM    Report this comment

That's funny.
Columbus did NOT discover North America; it was already inhabited!

Even in 1961 we knew that no place in the solar system could support humans. The only reason for the space race with Russia was political, not scientific. As much as I admire MAGA from JFK, the honest assessment is that humans have no place else to go. Exploring space is best done with 24/7 un-sleeping sensors and robots and deep space telescopes.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 25, 2018 10:08 AM    Report this comment

The space program is our best way to invest in ourselves, in technology and science for the betterment of daily life. The only thing that moves technology faster is war, and we should prefer to avoid that method.

Posted by: David Bunin | September 26, 2018 8:21 AM    Report this comment

It's a bad investment.
The higher the technology product, the less likely it's made in the USA.
Without manufacturing, we're subsidizing the training and infrastructure in other countries.
Our kids end up being salesclerks at the Apple store or putting high tech stuff into boxes at Amazon.

Simply being a consumer nation is not in our best interest of long term survival as a nation.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 26, 2018 11:09 AM    Report this comment

If a high tech piece of medical equipment saves my life, I really don't care where it was built. My life has been improved by its existence. MRI anybody?

Posted by: David Bunin | September 28, 2018 3:42 PM    Report this comment

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