U.S. cable network History will devote today’s (Tuesday, August 28) entire daytime schedule to programming related to space and the moon, in honor of American astronaut Neil Armstrong.
As commander of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. The 10 hours of moon-related programming kicked off at 8 a.m. EST with the world premiere of Failure Is Not An Option, a two-hour documentary about NASA’s Mission Control flight director Gene Kranz and his colleagues, who were integral in rescuing the ill-fated Apollo 13 Moon mission. The doc was produced for History by Lone Wolf Pictures.
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the network aired Moonshot, a documentary about the Apollo 11 mission that spans the crew’s earliest days at NASA to the moment when Neil Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon. Two more Apollo 11 programs will follow: Our Generation – Apollo 11: The Moon Landing at 12 p.m., and Tech Effect: Apollo 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Modern Marvels: Apollo 11 will air at 1 p.m. The hour-long show looks at the technical know-how and training that went into the moon mission and will be followed by repeats of Failure Is Not An Option and Moonshot at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
Armstrong died on August 24 following complications from heart-bypass surgery that he underwent earlier this month. He was 82.