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Chasing the Moon

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Chasing the Moon
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:33 AM

I've been watching the PBS series on the Apollo program.  I like it- pretty good.

PBS is doing what the often do- substituting wrong picture for what they are talking about.  They showed what I believe was a Thor-Able when they were talking about the Jupiter-C.  I don't know how many PBS programs on Pearl Harbor where I have seen SBDs diving on Pearl!

But other than that, it is good.  Noticed the women's hairdos from the period, and all those fifties and sixties cars!  Good shots of Command module being manufactored at NAA.

Made me pity those poor wives, and remember how in-your-face the press was.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:56 AM

Good programs to watch.  They're part of the "American Experience" series so have been broadcast before.

The National Geographic Channel is also doing a series of specials, such as "Apollo: Back to the Moon" and "The Armstrong Tapes" which was a set of interviews with Neil Armstrong.

We're getting a lot of space specials as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.


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    September 2004
  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:09 AM

Excellent!  We should be reminded of how great the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs were.  I was in 4th grade though a senior in high school during it.  I was into it back then.  I built lots of models and figures of the space program.  I'm surprised by how many silly folks think that did not happen.  I'm looking forward to what new technology will do for us.  Mars and beyond!  I'm not alone.  My wife loves it as well.  We both went to see the new Apollo 11 film that came out a couple of months ago.  Kari and I are both very much into space and Sci-Fi, (we are members of Starfleet after all). LL&P.

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:32 AM

It isn't just PBS. Most historical series and documentaries use incorrect footage. I've lost track of the number of times I've watched a show and said, "That's not right."

I have no doubt that most viewers neither know nor care about the accuracy of what they see - and producers, in general, are happy with any old clip that shows action.

On the whole, I think "Chasing the Moon" did an excellent job of getting the footage right.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire


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