|Genre||Documentary, science, space exploration, historical|
|Directed by||Christopher Riley
J. Halcombe Laning
Saverio "Sonny" Morea
|Narrated by||Bill Hope|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||4.5 hours (6 44-minute-long episodes)|
|Original network||Science Channel|
|Original release||June 2008 – June 2009|
Moon Machines in the US and UK is a Science Channel HD documentary miniseries consisting of six episodes documenting the engineering challenges of the Apollo Program to land a man on the Moon. It covers everything from the iconic Saturn V to the Command Module, the Lunar Module, the Space Suits, the Guidance and Control Computer, and the Lunar Rover. It was created by the team who made In the Shadow of the Moon in association with NASA to commemorate the agency's fiftieth anniversary in 2008. It first aired in June 2008 and was released on DVD a year later in June 2009.
The miniseries features interviews with around 70 of the 400,000 engineers who worked on the Apollo program during the 1960s and early 70s. These interviews are intercut with archive film, sourced by Footagevault from NASA's various film archives stored at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and from the National Archive in Washington.
The miniseries is narrated by actor Bill Hope.
The score was composed by Philip Sheppard.
Part 1: The Saturn V Rocket
The first episode of the series documents the creation of the iconic Saturn V rocket.
Part 2: The Command Module
The second episode is centered on the construction of the Apollo Command Module and the setback of the Apollo 1 fire.
The third episode details the story of MIT's work on the Apollo Guidance Computer.
Part 4: The Lunar Module
The fourth episode features the Grumman project to build mankind's first true spacecraft - the Lunar Module.
Part 5: The Space Suit
The penultimate episode focuses on the teams that created the remarkable Apollo pressure suit.
Part 6: The Lunar Rover
The series' final episode centers on the design and perfection of the novel Lunar Roving Vehicle carried to the Moon on the Apollo J-class missions.
Awards and nominations
Part 2 the story of the Command Module won a Grand REMI from the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 2009