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. In 1968, three astronauts orbited the moon. To achieve the goal of actually putting a man on the moon, NASA scientists had to design an ancillary craft to take an astronaut from the spacecraft to the moon's surface. Episode five looks at the building and success of the lunar module called Spider.