To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic first manned lunar landing, National Geographic is kicking off its Space Week programming with a two-hour doc, Apollo: Missions to the Moon.
Premiering on July 7 at 9/8 p.m. CST, the film will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages.
Executive produced and directed by 1895 Films’ Tom Jennings, Apollo: Missions to the Moon weaves together more than 500 hours of footage, 800 hours of audio and 10,000 photos.
Using first-person storytelling, with no narration or talking head interviews, this account of NASA’s Apollo Space Program follows it from the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission to the final flight that brought the program to a close, and will include newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio.
The doc also boasts several firsts, including the combination of NASA footage with black-box recordings from Apollo capsules and the synchronization of 30-track audio from mission control.
The film’s score is composed by James Everingham for Bleeding Fingers Music and produced by Hans Zimmer and Russell Emanuel.
“Apollo: Missions to the Moon unveils what was happening not only on the ground at mission control but also in the homes of the families and friends who stood by as their loved ones took to the skies,” said Jennings in a statement. “The whole world stopped for a moment to rejoice and take pride in the boundless sense of courage and optimism that Apollo made possible.”
The doc headlines National Geographic’s Space Week, with encore presentations on July 11 at 8/7 CST, and at 11/10 CST.
Space Week also includes Explorer: Journey to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter; The Armstrong Tapes, an in-depth look at Neil Armstrong; Challenge Disaster: The Final Mission, the story leading up to the disaster told through extensive NASA recordings, journalist reports and more; all premiering on Monday, July 8.
On July 9, Nat Geo airs Mars: Inside SpaceX; Apollo: Back to the Moon; on July 10, Hubble’s Amazing Journey; Mission Pluto and Beyond, and Mission Saturn: Inside the Rings.