Synopsis by Forrest Spencer
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the U.S. to placing a man on the moon by the end of that decade. The policy was based on the need to compete against the Soviet Union's technological advances in space exploration. This four-tape series looks at how the U.S. managed to develop, build, and deploy the majestic spacecrafts. This documentary includes footage of the first unmanned Apollo missions, the first manned voyage around the moon of Apollo 8, the first landing with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11, the near-disaster of Apollo 13, and the final mission of Apollo 17. The series ends with the Apollo-Soyuz link-up in 1975, as the two Cold War rivals exchange glad hands in space. This series uses extensive NASA archival footage of the men and women who committed this country to landing a man on the moon.