Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
President John F. Kennedy issued the challenge to America in a speech to Congress in 1961: Land a man on the moon within the decade. This HBO mini-series, produced by Tom Hanks, chronicles the story of NASA's efforts to carry out the vision. Episode four looks at the space program in 1968. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. Demonstrations against the war in Vietnam reflected a divided country. The one bright spot may have been NASA's first flight from the Earth to the moon, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders aboard.