The History Channel announced on August 27 that it’s set to honor the legacy of astronaut Neil Armstrong and his history-making Apollo 11 mission with a daylong marathon on Tuesday, August 28.
Below is the schedule for the Neil Armstrong marathon on the History Channel, which airs for ten hours on Tuesday, August 28 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
“Failure Is Not an Option”
No one lived the adventure of America’s manned space program more fully than Gene Kranz, the Mission Control Flight Director known to moviegoers from Ed Harris’ Oscar-nominated portrayal of him in the feature film “Apollo 13.” “Failure Is Not an Option” is based upon Gene Kranz’s best-selling book. This world premiere program provides an insider’s view of over 30 years of technological innovation and human determination, seen from the ground up. This is not just another space documentary – it is the untold story of how the engineers in Mission Control dealt with an unprecedented explosion in space, and against all odds, managed to bring the astronauts back alive. “Failure Is Not an Option” will be replayed from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Neil Armstrong will always be intrinsically tied with the extraordinary and breathtaking mission of Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the Moon. “Moonshot” is interlaced with original NASA footage transferred to high definition and puts viewers aboard the rocket and takes them on the eight-day round-trip to outer space. Life behind the scenes and edge-of-your-seat moments in space are dramatized in a film that stretches from the crew’s earliest days at NASA to the moment when Neil Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon. From home life and families, to the moon itself, this is the remarkable story of one of the most chronicled events in history. Using a script based on transcripts from the mission, contemporary documents, books and interviews, the show incorporates news footage from around the world, including that of the iconic CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Together, the drama and original material present a close-up glimpse of one of the most stunning and courageous personal and technological achievements of man…and one of the defining moments of modern history. “Moonshot” will be replayed at 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday on the History Channel.
“Our Generation: Apollo 11: The Moon Landing”
With one small step for man, the dream of a hopeful nation finally became a reality. It was a tumultuous time for an embattled generation, but for one brief and shining moment, there was unity and wonderment at the great potential of mankind.
“Tech Effect: Apollo 11”
In 1961, President Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon before the decade ended. Just under the wire in July of 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person ever to set foot on the lunar surface. In this episode of “Tech Effect,” the culmination of the remarkable technological advancements of that decade is explored in the context of the lunar landing. The technology ranges from the Saturn V, the largest rocket ever built, which sent the astronauts into orbit, to the handmade computers on board the lunar module with less power than an ordinary hand held calculator. Spacesuits had long been in development to provide greater mobility and comfort to the astronauts, factors of great importance for the first moonwalk. Finally, Americans wished to share in the accomplishment of this impressive and long awaited goal, which resulted in the development of lightweight cameras brought aboard the lunar module, and a deep space network of satellites around the world to beam the pictures live into the homes of 600 million viewers.
“Modern Marvels: Apollo 11”
As mankind’s greatest achievement of the 20th century, Apollo 11 stood as the pinnacle of science, exploration, flight and especially technological prowess. With the passing of Neil Armstrong, exploration of the moon is again back in the spotlight. Yet at the time, you would have been amazed by the fact that it was accomplished at all. In scarcely 10 years, America went from rocketing monkeys in 10-minute flights that scraped the edge of space to landing a man on the moon. NASA forced the technology of the time to the bitter edge – engineering, metallurgy, communications, computing – all these and more were driven to their limits for this grand adventure. And then there were the men aboard the flight. Leaving the Earth on July 16, 1969 were Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Mike Collins. Each was blessed with special skills and abilities, and each would perform his duties without hesitation or error. They too were pushed to the limits of skill and endurance.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died on August 25, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82.
Armstrong said on July 20, 1969 from the surface of the moon, “That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” When Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step onto another planetary body, he instantly became part of history and will never be forgotten.
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