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The Apollo Years

Remembering the triumphant race to the moon from the groundbreaking and sometimes tragic Gemini missions in the early 60s, the first steps on the lunar surface by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the epic struggle to save the crew of Apollo 13, to the last time mankind set foot on the moon in the early 70s. Hosted by Canada's first astronaut, Marc Garneau, this historic series uses NASA's original moon mission footage to tell the exciting and heroic story of the people who paved the way for space exploration.

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  • Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants
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    June 6, 1999

    On December 6, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 began the longest lunar mission in history. This mission was also to be the last voyage to the moon to date.

  • Apollo 16: "Nothing So Hidden..."
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    June 6, 1999

    The crew of Apollo 16 completed three days of exploration on the moon and made a major discovery about the Descartes Highlands. Young and Duke took part in the first lunar Grand Prix, setting a speed record of 22 kilometers per hour.

  • Apollo 15: In the Mountains of the Moon
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    June 6, 1999

    On July 26, 1971, one of the most successful voyages to the moon was launched. With the use of the lunar rover, the crew of Apollo 15 obtained the most comprehensive history and structure of the moon ever.

  • Apollo 14: Mission to Fra Mauro
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    June 6, 1999

    On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14 was destined for the moon, but there were troubles ahead. After overcoming docking problems with both the command and lunar modules, Shepard and Roosa completed a record nine-and-a-half hour lunar exploration.

  • Apollo 13: "Houston, We've Got a Problem"
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    June 1, 1999

    A routine mission of scientific exploration turned into a desperate fight to save the crew aboard Apollo 13 when a power supply malfunction put the mission in jeopardy.

  • Apollo 12: Pinpoint for Science
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    May 25, 1999

    On November 14, 1969, NASA launched Apollo 12. The astronauts spent 31 hours on the lunar surface and over seven in exploration - almost three times as long as their predecessors.

  • Apollo 11: For All Mankind
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    May 11, 1999

    On Sunday July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin set foot on the moon.

  • Apollo 10: To Sort out the Unknowns
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    May 11, 1999

    The mission of Apollo 10 was to check potential landing sites on the lunar surface. This final test flight would pave the way for a lunar landing.

  • Apollo 9: The Space Duet of Spider and Gumdrop
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    May 4, 1999

    During the test flight of Apollo 9, the astronauts tested the lunar excursion module to ensure it could travel to the surface of the moon and return safely to dock with the command module in lunar orbit.

  • Debrief: Apollo 8
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    April 27, 1999

    Working toward a lunar landing, on December 21, 1968, the United States launched Apollo 8, which successfully orbited the moon and returned to Earth.