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Newly Remastered Documentary ‘Moonwalk One’ Presents an Artistic, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Apollo 11 Mission

The Summer of Space continues on GPB as we bring you the digitally remastered version of a groundbreaking 1970 documentary on the Apollo 11 mission and even more programming commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  

Six weeks before Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, NASA commissioned filmmaker Theo Kamecke to document the historic event. The result was the meditative feature-length documentary Moonwalk One. Now, nearly 50 years after its release, the remastered film will air on GPB as part of our Summer of Space lineup celebrating the anniversary of the mission.

Shot across the world, from Stonehenge to Mission Control in Houston, Moonwalk One attempts to capture the gravity of what was unfolding and place the moon landing into its proper historical context. Featuring an avant-garde score and powerful narration, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience the Apollo 11 mission through the eyes of a public swept up in the fervor of the space race, witnessing a turning point in human history.

On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott spoke with David Resha, assistant professor of film studies at Emory University's Oxford College, about the film and how it was received at the time of its release. You can listen to their conversation now at gpbnews.org.

Take a look below at the trailer for Moonwalk One and tune in on Friday, July 19 at 9:00 pm to watch the full film on GPB TV.

See More at GPB to the Moon

GPB to the Moon, our Summer of Space companion website, is home to a growing collection of original content. Visit to watch video, read and listen to related stories from GPB News, find out about upcoming programs and community events, explore with GPB Education, and learn about Georgians making a mark in science and technology.

Do you remember where you were when Neal Armstrong took his first step on the moon? The GPB Original video, Where Were You, reflects on that question and on where the event ranks on the list of America's historical achievements. Watch the full video and take a look at more of the streaming video and content available at GPB to the Moon below.

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American Experience - Chasing the Moon

Experience the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing. A fascinating mix of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle and personal drama, the series brings the Space Age to vivid life.

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GPB Originals - Future Moon Exploration

Georgia Tech is on the forefront- helping develop space age technologies to travel, to live and even build habitats on the moon.  We'll venture into their labs to see some of their groundbreaking work.

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GPB Originals - Generations to Come

A look at how Georgia's Space Grant Consortium has teamed up with Horizons Atlanta and Georgia Tech to help develop the next generation of scientists through STEM education.

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GPB Originals - Opening the Hatch

When Apollo 11 splashed down on July 24, 1969 the first person to greet Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins when the hatch was opened was John Wolfram. At that time he was a Navy Seal and he says he was one of the Navy's fastest swimmers.  Today Wolfram, a Vietnam war veteran is a preacher living in Georgia.  We'll talk with Wolfram about his memories of that historic day fifty years ago.

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GPB Education - FIRST LEGO League: From Georgia to Houston

Three Georgia robotics teams travel to Houston, Texas to compete in the 2019 FIRST LEGO League "Into Orbit" international competition.

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Antiques Roadshow - Out of this World

Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial & terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script, and letters. Have the values of these stellar finds skyrocketed in the market?

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GPB Education Live Exploration: Rocket Launch

GPB Education and the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch to the moon! During the live-streamed program, learn about space exploration and watch kids from Georgia participate in a global rocket launch.

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Moon rocks given to the state of Georgia from President Richard Nixon in 1972. RICHARD B. RUSSELL LIBRARY AND THE CAPITOL COLLECTION
GPB News - Moon Rock Exhibit Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

The University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell library is celebrating Tuesday the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, with an exhibit of rare items collected during the Apollo 11 mission.

The exhibit includes moon rocks given to the state of Georgia, archival photos and pieces from Sen. Richard B. Russell’s collection.

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8 Days: To the Moon and Back – Wednesday, July 17 at 9 pm

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.

 

Ancient Skies – Wednesday, July 24 at 8 pm

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

 

NOVA: The Planets – Wednesday, July 24 at 9 pm

Among the stars in the night sky wander the eight-plus worlds of our own solar system—each home to truly awe-inspiring sights. Volcanoes three times higher than Everest, geysers erupting with icy plumes, cyclones larger than Earth lasting hundreds of years. Each of our celestial neighbors has a distinct personality and a unique story. In this five-part series, NOVA will explore the awesome beauty of The Planets, and reveal how each of them has affected our own planet: Earth.