Watch a Tribute to Astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
By: Andrew Cary
As you can imagine, the news of the passing of Neil Armstrong affected us deeply at Science Channel, so we felt it appropriate to change our regularly scheduled progrmaming to air both favorite and new shows honoring his memory, including When We Left Earth, a comprehensive look back at the Apollo missions and others with stunning restored footage.
When Neil Armstrong left the Earth's atmosphere on July 16, 1969 on his way to the moon 250,000 miles away, he had more than proved himself to have the right stuff to be given the honor, and superhuman feat of being the first person to walk on the moon.
A fully-fledged navy aviator by age 20, he flew over 70 combat missions in Korea, then became a well-respected and dependable test pilot due to his coolness under pressure and technical abilities. To add to his intellectual grasp of the machines he mastered and the extreme physical requirements demanded of test pilots and astronauts Armstrong apparently had no ego. There could not have been a better American, nor for that matter, human, to reach what had been up until his arrival the otherworldly and unattainable prize of the moon.
We assembled a video collection of footage from the Apollo 11 mission, both from space and from Earth, as well as video from earlier NASA missions that led up to that giant leap. You can also watch footage from later Apollo moon missions such as Apollo 13 and 17.
Sadly only three years after President Obama received the three crew members to honor them on the 40th Anniversary of the moon walk the White House announced that flags are to fly at half mast during Armstrong’s interment.
To learn more about the moon and man’s effort to understand it, check out our Moon Video Playlist.
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Explore Special Programming on Science Channel:
9am-5pm- The Planets (8x60)
Where did the planets come from and how were they formed? Clues to the birth and evolution of the planets lie scattered throughout the solar system. Distance, time, and technology handicap the search for answers, but scientists are making progress.
5p-11p- Moon Machines (6x60)
Forty years on from mankind's first steps on the lunar surface, reaching the Moon is still a metaphor for an impossible journey. In just eight years 400,000 people across America came together to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. But whilst the astronauts who walked on the Moon became household names, the men and women who created the machines that made their journeys possible have been largely forgotten. Yet, from the impossibly gigantic Saturn V rocket to the fragile ?tissue paper? lunar lander, the stories of these miracles of engineering are every bit as extraordinary as those of the men who flew them.
8-10pm- In the Shadow of the Moon (1x120)
In The Shadow Of The Moon vividly depicts the daring and the danger, the pride and the passion of an extraordinary era in American history. Between 1968 and 1972, the world watched in awe as American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon. Only 12 American men walked upon its surface and they remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. In The Shadow Of The Moon combines archival material from the original NASA film footage and interviews with the surviving astronauts to tell the story of one of mankind's greatest achievements.
10pm- One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute, (wt) (NETWORK PREMIER)
This one-hour original documentary showcases the tremendous impact Neil Armstrong made on the world and his legacy to space exploration. Told through poignant, personal interviews with Armstrong, it will also include archived Apollo footage discovered in 2006 that may be televised for the first time as well as interviews with his Apollo 11 crew mates conducted following Armstrong’s death and their perspective on the future of manned space missions.
5p-11p When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (6x60)
Each episode will focus around a single mission, and in the telling of that core story. We bring all the other related areas to embellish and enrich the narrative and also to place it in the bigger context of the history of NASA itself.