FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON-APOLLO 11-40TH ANNIVERSARY on DVD
The saga of Neil Armstrong, Col. Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and col. Michael Collins and the events leading up to the historic week in July, 1969, is recreated in "FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON." This color film traces the space odyssey of Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins from the tense preparation during the weeks before blastoff through the magnificent descent into the black shadow on the moon's surface, to final splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. "Footprints on the Moon" contains footage filmed by the astronauts themselves as well as the vast film crew assembled at Cape Kennedy and the Houston Space Center. Directed by William Gibson, the film also includes television transmissions from space, many of which have never been seen by the general public. The screenplay by aerospace writer and consultant Robert Scott compares the Apollo moonflight with man's age-old dreams of space travel. Particularly as envisioned by Jules Verne 145 years ago. From the prologue to the final fade-out, the text illuminates, in its compression of events, man's greatest journey of all time. Opening with the launch at Cape Kennedy, "Footsteps on the Moon" shows a never-before filmed separation of the stages of the Saturn rocket and the actual descent and landing on the moon. Exciting footage of the moonwalk and the spectacular docking with the command module is also included. Noted space architect Wernher Von Braun served in a dual capacity as technical advisor and narrator of this historic film document.