Apollo 11, Moon landing movie launching july 2019

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Apollo 11 is a 2019 American documentary film edited, produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller. It focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight from which men walked on the Moon.

  • Apollo 11 facts:  

    16 things you may not know about the first Moon Landing...

    Facts about Apollo 11 and the Moon Landing; from how the astronauts went toilet to Neil Armstrong's promise to his nan and the plan if they were stranded.

    Fifty years ago – on July 20, 1969 – we landed on the Moon and Neil Armstrong took his first step for man.
    Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) and Michael Collins (command module pilot) were the crew for what is often called the greatest achievement by mankind. People from all over the world tuned in to watch the great moment with baited breathe as the grainy black and white footage was beamed back.
    But what actually happened, what preparation was needed and more things you may not have known.
    Here are the facts behind the first Moon Landing and Apollo 11.

    1.  Saturn V is the largest, most powerful rocket ever built
      Still! The rocket was more than 100m high and burned through 20 tonnes of fuel a second when it launched. It was a beast, weighing in at 2,800 tonnes and generating 34.5 Newtons of thrust at launch. 

      2. Where did the astronauts sleep and stay?

      Despite the huge rocket, the crew spent eight days in a small compartment roughly the size of a large car. There were “couches” they sat on for take off, but it was 3.9m at its widest.

      3. Where is the Apollo 11 module now?

      No-one knows. Once a lunar module has been used, they are jettisoned and most likely crash into the Moon, burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere or just orbit the Sun. The Apollo 11 module’s location is unknown, but the earlier ones like Apollo 5 and 6 burnt up, Apollo 11 aka Snoopy went into orbit around the Sun, Apollo 12 crashed on the Moon, Apollo 13 (like the Tom Hanks movie) was used as a lifeboat. Apollo 14 and 15 both crash-landed, and we don’t know where Apollo 16 is. The Challenger, Apollo 17, crashed too.

      4. Did they have life insurance?

      Instead of your usual life insurance the astronauts – not knowing whether they’d return or not – signed hundreds of envelopes before launch day. The envelopes were then postmarked with key dates and distributed to their families by a friend. The idea was if they didn’t return then they could be sold to raise funds.These astronauts had been signing autographs since the day they were announced as astronauts, and they knew even though eBay didn’t exist back then, that there was a market for such things, there was demand.” In the 90s the envelopes cropped up in auctions, with one going for as much as $30,000.

      5. How were their spacesuits made?

      The suits were custom made and cost around £79,000. The specialised suit was actually made by bra experts aka seamstresses that made Playtex bras and girdles when International Latex Corporation won the Apollo suits contract. There were very precise requirements, according to Smithsonian, as even a slightly wrong stitch could write off the whole suit.

      6. What were Neil Armstrong’s first words?

      “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Neil Armstrong said at 10:56 p.m. ET on July 20, 1969. There was some confusion as he failed to say a before man, but it’s become an iconic quote either way. Some people try and get technically and say the first word was “Houston” but where’s the romance in that?

      7. The women helping the Apollo 11 mission

      NASA actually employed a few women. There were female mathematicians that basically acting as “human computers”. Not only were they women but many were mixed race. If you saw Hidden Figures, a film released in 2016, you’ll know the story. Katherine Johnson is the most famous for her work in getting the Apollo Lunar Module and Command Module to the Moon.

      8. Armstrong made a promise to his nan

      Armstrong’s nan Caroline Korspeter told camera crews that she made Armstrong promise he wouldn’t step out if it was dangerous. “I think it’s dangerous. I told Neil to look around and not to step out if it didn’t look good.

      9. What did Armstrong and Aldrin leave on the Moon?

      The pair left a few things behind on the Moon including a 50 cent sized silicon disk containing peace messages from 73 of the Earth’s leaders. Yes, the Queen’s voice is up there in space. She said: “On behalf of the British people I salute the skill and courage which have brought man to the Moon. May this endeavour increase the knowledge and wellbeing of mankind.”
      They also left the American flag, a replica olive branch all in the name of peace, and a plaque that read: Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

      10. How did the astronauts go toilet?

      One thing the astronauts didn’t leave on the Moon was their faeces…You may be wondering how the astronauts managed to go to the toilet. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mark Collins didn’t have a toilet on board the Apollo 11 spacecraft so they had to use a specialised bit of equipment. The ‘roll-on cuff’ was basically a rubber tube that was hooked on to a ‘receiver’ and collection bag. The cover looked a bit like a condom, and the cuff had to be changed daily. If they had to do a No 2 they had to use a taped plastic bag which caught the faeces, according to NASA. The bag was then sealed, kneaded down, and rolled so they could store it away for later disposable on Earth.
      While on the Moon the system again changed. The astronauts wore absorbent pads, sort of like a nappy.

     Apollo 11 (2019 film)

    Apollo 11 is a 2019 American documentry film edited, produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller.It focuses on the 1969 Apollo mission, the first spaceflight from which men walked on the Moon. The film consists solely of archival footage, including 70 mm film previously unreleased to the public, and does not feature narration, interviews or modern recreations.
    The film premiered at the sundance film on January 24, 2019, and was released theatrically in the United States by Neon on March 1, 2019. Apollo 11 has received acclaim from critics and grossed $10 million.

    Apollo 11 Crew

    The Apollo 11 crew is Commander Neil Armstrong, civilian test pilot, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, both US Air Force pilots.  

    Apollo 11 Commander Neil Alden Armstrong was born 5 August 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. From 1949 to 1952, he served as a US Navy aviator, flying 78 combat missions during the Korean War. Armstrong joined the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA's predecessor) as a research pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the X-15.
    In 1962, Armstrong became a NASA astronaut. He served as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission in 1966, and performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. In 1969, on the first Apollo lunar landing mission, he gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the Moon and the first man to step on its surface.

    Movie Info....

    Apollo 11 is a cinematic space event film fifty years in the making. Featuring never-before-seen large-format film footage of one of humanity's greatest accomplishments.




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