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 three looks at the step forward made by Apollo 7. Learning from the design mistakes of the ill-fated Apollo 1 spacecraft, NASA scientists designed a complex new model, with millions of working parts. The sense of relief was palpable when the Apollo 7 successfully took flight.