1961, president John F Kennedy of the United States wished to land an American as the first human to land on the moon. The US has just started to make the ways out to send people out in space. However, NASA was not well-equipped to do so. The president of the US still knew that they could do it and encouraged the team of astronauts at NASA working to put people on the moon.
On July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off with the mission to take two men to the moon, and they had to make it to earth back safely. The three astronauts who got the honor to work on the project to travel to the moon were Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins.
On July 20th, Armstrong landed on the moon along with Aldrin. Both of them landed in the lunar module called “the eagle.” Neil Armstrong became the first human ever to step on the moon while Collins stayed around the moon’s orbit and took pictures while experimenting.
Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon for around three hours, the experiment and picked up pieces of moon rocks and dirt. Before leaving, they put the US flag on the moon as a sign of their success.
Both of them then returned to the orbit on July 24th and joined Collins then all three of them came back to earth sound and safe creating history. By this, Kennedy’s passion came into existence after a decade of hard work, courage, and will to do.
Back at the 1960s, there were very limited resources to capture the most significant moment of this achievement, while there are plenty of good documentaries and movie that have recreated the magic on the big screens to let the viewer’s experience the moment.
“When it comes to make a documentary, it is not what a movie is all about, it’s how you make it to feel real about it.” says Richard Thomas, Creative Head at Academist Help.
Below are the top 3 movies that will take you to the moon to witness the epic history of success!
1. Apollo 11 (2019)
It is the most recent American documentary presented by Todd Douglas Miller. This movie beautifully captured the space mission of Apollo 11, which was the first spacecraft landed on moon carrying two astronauts. The film is solely comprised of archival clips of 70mm that were unreleased and didn’t have any modern recreations.
This movie is an exceptional visual treat for space lover with real-time footages. The film is released on March 1st, 2019 in the US by Neon and has received great appreciation from critics while making more than $8 million on box office.
2. First men (2018)
It is another American biographical documentary written by Josh Singer and directed by Damien Chazelle. The movie is based on a book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen. The film also follows the years in 1969, leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon.
The movie was released on October 12th, 2018 in the US by universal pictures and got mixed reviews by critic and the audiences both because of its choice of not to depict the placement of the flag on the Moon. The movie got into a significant political debate on patriotism after this. The movie got numerous nominations including academy awards, British film, and golden globe awards as well.
3. Apollo 13 (1995)
It is among one of the most appreciated classical American space docudramas. Ron Howard directed the movie. The film dramatizes the aborted lunar mission of Apollo 13 back in the 1970s. It is based on the book named “Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13” by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.
The movie rotated around the story of America’s 3rd mission of landing on the moon that was devastated by onboard explosion deprived the spacecraft of its electric and oxygen supply. That leads to flight controllers to abort the mission and get the three astronauts home back safely.
The movie went to great lengths and efforts to recreate the accurate scenes engaging technical experts of NASA to train actors and also got permission to film scenes on reduced gravity to depict the realistic experience of weightlessness in space.
The movie was released on 30th of June 1995 in the US and grossed over $350 million in box office worldwide. The film also got positive critics and tremendous nominations including nine academy awards.
There are many other real-life and fictional base movies that capture the perfect aura of being on a space mission. Movie lover has numerous options like Gravity (2013), Moon (2009) and Sunshine (2007), and some movies have no replacement when it comes to picture the historical moments as they were.
We recommend you to watch at least the above three movies to get the exact picture to relieve NASA’s first ever mission of landing on the moon and experience the greatness of history’s most enormous milestone achieved in the history of humanity!