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Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

HD   NR Closed Captioning

David Fairhead

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About the Movie

At the heart of the Apollo space program and a remarkable decade of achievement was the team who worked in Mission Control.They were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. Some came from a rural lifestyle little changed from the 19th century. Others grew up in a gritty, blue-collar America of mines and smoke stacks. They ranged from kids straight out of college to those toughened by military service. But from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born. They were setting out on what JFK called: “The most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked” and through their testimony – and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA flight directors – the film takes us from the faltering start of the program through the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire to the glories of the Moon landings.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at the flight controllers and support crews that helped America win the space race. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Apr 11, 2017

Fresh: A well-crafted, revealing British documentary reuniting the surviving team members entrusted with safely taking astronauts to the moon and back. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Apr 13, 2017

Fresh: Really, seeing these likable oldsters talk at length is just about the entire point of this picture. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 19, 2017

Fresh: This is the usual mix of talking heads and archival footage, but Fairhead also inserts detailed CGI sequences that vividly illustrate the technical issues unfolding. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Apr 13, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Exceptional telling of the behind-the-scenes story of Apollo!

I had the opprtunity to see the premiere of this film at SXSW last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Click the "pre-order" button without fear!

Mission Control

The men in Mission Control who made the decisions and literally pushed all the right buttons finally get their stories told... Superbly !

Great documentary told from a different perspective

Most Apollo-era documentaries are told from the perspective of the astronauts...The view from mission control is awesome.

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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