Posts Tagged ‘National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’

‘Apollo 11’ vividly recreates man’s first voyage to another planet

March 29, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
March 29, 2019

Apollo 11, the new film directed and edited by Todd Douglas Miller, is a gripping documentary chronicling astronauts’ first landing on the moon.

The picture proceeds in strict chronological order, beginning as the massive Saturn V rocket is slowly moved to its launch pad and ending once the three-man crew has been sealed into a mobile quarantine unit after being recovered from the Pacific Ocean by the U.S.S. Hornet.

Most any reader of this blog knows the outcome of the mission, but things remain lively thanks to several elements, foremost among them the inherent drama of the events being depicted.

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Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ offers a frosty portrayal of a pilot’s historic journey to the moon

October 15, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Oct. 15, 2018

First Man, director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2016 feature film La La Land, documents how Neil Armstrong progressed from being one of a handful of test pilots pushing past Earth’s atmosphere to the first individual to set foot on another celestial body.

The movie serves as a sequel of sorts to The Right Stuff, writer-director Philip Kaufman’s adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book about America’s first astronauts. Indeed, Chazelle’s movie was adapted (by screenwriter Josh Singer, a co-author of The Post) from a 2005 authorized biography of the same title by Auburn University space historian James R. Hansen.

Kaufman began his movie with Chuck Yeager’s breaking the sound barrier in 1947 and ended roughly 15 years later as NASA approaches the end of Project Mercury, the first crewed American orbital missions. Chazelle and Singer start their story in the early 1960s, literally seconds before Armstrong embarks on a hazardous suborbital flight in an X-15 rocket plane and a few months before the civilian test pilot is selected for Gemini, NASA’s second set of crewed missions.

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