National Geographic is marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with week-long documentaries headlined by the two-hour feature documentary Apollo: Missions to the Moon, airing on July 20th, 2019 at 8 PM UAE time / 7 PM KSA time.
Executive produced and directed by acclaimed Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings, the film weaves together more than 500 hours of footage, 800 hours of audio and 10,000 photos, using Jennings’ signature style of first-person storytelling to take viewers behind the scenes.
This intimate, immersive account spans the full sweep of NASA’s Apollo Space Programme — from the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission, which claimed the lives of three astronauts, to the final flight that brought the programme to a close.
“Beyond audio and footage of the astronauts, Apollo: Missions to the Moon creates a tapestry of the collective sights and sounds that brings us back to the golden age of space,” says Jennings.
The film features newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio to recount the key moments of America’s goal to land on the moon before 1970.
With no narration nor modern-day talking heads, the missions are experienced entirely through archival TV footage, never-before-heard radio broadcasts, home movies, NASA film and mission-control audio to create an eyewitness-like experience.
The film includes several firsts, including the combination of NASA footage with “black-box” recordings from Apollo capsules and the synchronization of 30-track audio from mission control.