Moon Machines

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Moon Machines
Space exploration
Directed byChristopher Riley
Duncan Copp
Nick Davidson
Narrated byBill Hope
ComposerPhilip Sheppard
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Running time44 minutes
Original release
NetworkScience Channel
ReleaseJuly 6 (2008-07-06) –
July 10, 2008 (2008-07-10)

Moon Machines is a Science Channel HD documentary miniseries consisting of six episodes documenting the engineering challenges of the Apollo program to land men 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 that 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 in the U.S. and UK, and was released on DVD a year later in June 2009.[1]


The miniseries features interviews with around 70 of the 400,000 engineers who worked on the Apollo program during the 1960s and early 1970s. 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 Archives in Washington.

The miniseries is narrated by actor Bill Hope.


The score was composed by Philip Sheppard.[2]


Part 1: The Saturn V Rocket[edit]

The first episode of the series documents the creation of the iconic Saturn V rocket.

Part 2: The Command Module[edit]

The second episode is centered on the construction of the Apollo Command Module and the setback of the Apollo 1 fire.

Part 3: The Navigation Computer[edit]

The third episode details the story of MIT's work on the Apollo Guidance Computer.

Part 4: The Lunar Module[edit]

The fourth episode features the Grumman project to build mankind's first true spacecraft, the Apollo Lunar Module.

Part 5: The Space Suit[edit]

The penultimate episode focuses on the teams that created the remarkable Apollo pressure suit.

Part 6: The Lunar Rover[edit]

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[edit]

Part 2, the story of the Command Module, won a Grand REMI from the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 2009


  1. ^ Moon Machines DVD Set — Store
  2. ^ "Moon Machines". Philip Sheppard. Retrieved 27 May 2022.

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