This is the sort of documentary we love here at Confusions & Connections. One about Apollo & space. This one covers what some people would think of as the true heroes of getting man to the moon. The young “kids” in Mission Control in Houston.
They were always overshadowed by the likes of Armstrong & Aldrin but without these people they wouldn’t have even got off the launchpad.
Not only do we have the below trailer but also the poster and a great selection of images showing some of the people interviews. Both at the time when they were “running the desks” in the late 1960s and back at the same desks, almost, 50 years later. You can tell on their faces that they would love to do the same today.
Mission Control was at the very heart of the Apollo programme and its heroes were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. Some came from a rural lifestyle unchanged since the 19th century. Others grew up in a gritty, blue-collar America of mines and smoke stacks. They ranged from students straight out of college, to soldiers toughened by military service. Yet, from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born. They set out on what JFK called “the most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked.” Through the team’s testimony and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA leaders, “Mission Control” explores their journey from the faltering start of the programme to Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragic Apollo 1 fire and the glories of the Moon landings. This was achieved through a team whose average age was around 27 years old.
HUW MORGAN: "Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still -- real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then." from HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY