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One Small Step

21 Jul 2009, 05:07 UTC
One Small Step
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It's been all moon, all the time, for the last week or so, with every major media outlet covering some aspect of the historic moon landing (my own pop-culture-influenced offering in the Washington Post is here), and an entire Carnival of Space devoted to the subject over at Out of the Cradle. My personal favorite was the History Channel's airing of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. (h/t: Whedonesque) It's a classy project, directed by Richard Dale. Technically a docudrama, Moonshot deftly interweaves stock NASA footage from the 1960s with new re-enactment footage featuring various actors -- most notably James Marsters, best known for playing the vampire Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as Buzz Aldrin (center, in photo). The story is as much about the astronauts as human beings, as it is about the voyage to the moon, although about 50% of the film takes place in space. We see their home lives, their struggles, personal tragedies, as well as catching a glimpse of what life as a NASA astronaut (or astronaut's wife) is like.Dale's crew built their own version of the lunar and command modules, just 10% larger than the originals so that lights and cameras could be ...

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