In the Shadow of the Moon

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Published on 25th June 2017 by

A feature length 2007 British made documentary about the various American manned missions to the moon in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, it makes use of video footage which was made publicly available at the time as well as various NASA films and materials which hadn’t been in the public domain for over thirty years. Old audio and video footage is augmented with footage of contemporary interviews with surviving Apollo era astronauts including John Young,  Buzz Aldrin, Al Bean, and others. Ten astronauts in total appear in the film, all of whom successfully made it to the moon.

In The Shadow of the Moon was premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where it won an award and was released on DVD (and later on Blu-ray) in both North America and the United Kingdom, in the UK it was broadcast on Channel 4, it was also the first film to win a Sir Arthur Clarke Award (these are awards given in recognition of notable contributions to space exploration). The documentary has an extremely impressive Tomatometer score of 95%, and an audience score of 91%.

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The documentary shares a name with a 2007 book of the same name, In the Shadow of the Moon, but they are not actually related in any way despite being released in the same year and both including many original interviews with Apollo-era astronauts. The book also won awards.

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