Elliander Pictures
Apollo Astronauts: Training NASA's Moon Men
DOCUMENTARY TRAILER
In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and into the history books as the first of only twelve men to walk on the Moon.

But in 1961 when Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon, NASA had barely put a man into orbit. They had less than 10 years to train a team of astronauts to overcome the unknown challenges of a mission to the Moon.

What followed was a rigorous, intense training period that put America’s first astronauts through their paces; testing their physical and mental strength, stamina, flying skills and bravery to ensure they were made of the right stuff.

But Centrifuges, probing medical tests and jungle survival training was just the beginning, planting flags and footprints wasn't enough; the select few would not only need to pilot the complex spacecraft to and from the moon but also be skilled photographers, geologists and scientists.

Featuring stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film explores the early days of astronaut training, following those pioneering pilots from selection to the lunar surface and back again.

This is the incredible story of how NASA trained America’s best pilots to fly to the Moon, and take one giant leap for Mankind.



Both Elliander Pictures and Free Spirit Film & TV would like to thank all contributors who made the project possible.
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DIR:
ELLIOT & ZANDER WEAVER

PRODUCED BY:
FREE SPIRIT FILM & TV

INTERVIEWS:

ANU OJHA - National Space Centre, Leicester
TIM STEVENSON - SKA, Jodrell Bank
KATY JOY - University of Manchester
DAVID BAKER - British Interplanetary Society

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Dave Scott - Apollo Flight Journal.
Eric Jones - Apollo Surface Journal.
National Space Centre, UK.
The Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Berkbeck College, London.


POST PRODUCTION:
FREE SPIRIT

Editor: Elliot Weaver
Voice Over: Phil Hayward

MUSIC:
Chris Duncan & Mark Heath, CDMH Music
Patrick Smith
Chris Nickel
Jack Waldenmaier
John Doryk
Dan Foster
Igge Scoce
Cinema Sonix
Elma Rafferty

All NASA audio and visual material courtesy of:

NASA
NASA Archives
NasaImages.org

Panoramic Images and VFX Graphics
Zander Weaver, Elliander Pictures

All space sequences are actual NASA footage. On occasion footage has been used for representational purposes and footage from one Apollo mission has been used to illustrate similar events from another mission.

A Free Spirit Film & TV Production.

Distributed by Espresso TV

Copyright 2010 Free Spirit Film & TV Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
www.FreeSpiritFilm.co.uk