Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Directed by David Fairhead
At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.
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★★★★½ review by Jakob Hirsch on Letterboxd
A really interesting and insightful documentary.
The Apollo missions are some of mankind's crowing technical achievements, and while we remember and respect the astronauts who risked their lives in the name of exploration, we must not forget the men behind the scenes, the men who spent days and nights at mission control, working excruciatingly long hours to make sure our men returned to earth safely.
This film is filled with interviews and footage from the days of Apollo, and some of the stories here are great and inspiring, most notably the tales of the Apollo 1 training disaster. Very similar to "Failure is not an Option"
★★★½ review by Alex on Letterboxd
Thoroughly entertaining and very interesting documentary on Mission Control, and the Apollo program, this documentary really goes in depth behind the missions and what it took to accomplish them. Very well done and enthralling with solid interviews from the engineers that worked at NASA, the film is a thoroughly engaging feature that recounts what the engineers did while working at Mission Control. It’s a very well put together feature that is a must watch due to its subject. The subject of the moon landings as well as the numerous missions that NASA undertook is quite important, and although, this isn’t the definitive documentary on the missions, it certainly serves as a good film to watch if you’re interested in a unique part of the missions. Mission Control is a well made film that goes in depth of its subject and it is a film that offers a solid, engaging and interesting look at what the Engineers do in the Mission Control room during a space mission. Overall this is a film well worth seeing if you’re interested in the subject and it is an insightful, captivating feature that you shouldn’t pass up if you want to know more about this subject. The film has some solid interviews that are vey interesting and every key player from the missions that were in the Apollo missions that worked in the mission control room are interviewed and give terrific insight in what they did.
★★★★ review by Dennis Reardon on Letterboxd
This was so interesting so many insights into what was happening during Apollo flights that I could never have imagined. Too many stories to introduce here, just trust me, this is a ride into the past that will capture your imagination.
I should also mention that I intend to watch this at least two more times since so much information is presented the likelihood I'll remember it all is near null.
★★★½ review by Stu Kirwan on Letterboxd
It's becoming increasingly more difficult to make a fresh and insightful documentary that looks at the Apollo program because there's so much out there that it feels as though there isn't much left to tell. There are a few nice tidbits and stories in here but the majority is stuff I've heard before so it doesn't really offer a wealth of new information to anyone that's seen a few documentaries on the matter.
The small amount of footage from modern day mission control, however, raises the thought of how good a documentary looking at the recent history and operations of NASA could be.
★★★★ review by ellio95 on Letterboxd
I watched this movie at the Houston Space Centre, which is probably the best place to watch this! This documentary did a very good job at taking you back in the past to mission control as history was being made.
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