small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
This phrase, considered one
of the most famous phrases in history, came from the first human to step onto
another planetary body. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and
Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the Moon while hundreds of millions of
viewers watched their unprecedented feat from Earth.
Some people say that
everything was just a hoax, but
regardless of what we think, it’s undeniable that the success achieved by NASA
that day marked a turning point in our modern culture.
50 years have now passed since the first Moon landing mission and while numerous
celebrations around the world are taking place in view of such anniversary,
this is a great opportunity to review and enjoy some good films about the
But since there are dozens of movies dealing with every detail of the
Apollo 11 mission, where do you start?
5. The Saturn V Story
First up comes a documentary that isn’t about the famous men
who made the trip to the Moon, but about the monumental machine that took them
there. This British documentary, titled The Saturn V Story, was released in
2014 and allows the audience to learn about the main aspects surrounding the
most powerful rocket ever flown, the Saturn V.
To do so,
The Saturn V Story covers a fair amount of details about the rocket's
construction, its role in the conquest of space and its subsequent legacy. The
film explains the origin of space rockets after World War II, the birth of NASA
and the beginning of the space race between the United States and the Soviet
V Story is full of many technical details about the rocket's design, showing
from early, unviable concepts of the vehicle to the repeated failures that real
models presented. A lot of emphasis is put on the fact that taking humans to
the Moon required the effort of multiple companies and thousands of scientists
over several decades.
documentary features a considerable amount of footage from the different space
missions of the 1960s, in addition to interviews with scholars of the subject. The
Saturn V Story is definitely worth seeing, as it prepares you to better
understand the relevance that the mighty Saturn V will have in the movies of
the following points.