HBO to Air Epic Mini-Series 'From The Earth To The Moon' Ahead of Blu-ray Release

Space.com | 7/20/1969 | Scott Snowden
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HBO's epic mini-series that chronicles different chapters of the Apollo program from a variety of viewpoints has finally received the high-definition treatment.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, HBO will air all 12 digitally remastered episodes of "From the Earth to the Moon" on HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand today (July 15). Then, on Tuesday (July 16), the Blu-ray will be available to buy, and on Saturday (July 20), the 50th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong first stepped out onto the lunar surface, HBO2 will air a marathon of the series, starting at 8:45 a.m. (ET/PT).

Mini-series - Episode - Element - Apollo - Story

The mini-series first aired in 1998; each episode explored a single element of the Apollo story. Tom Hanks, a self-confessed space buff, was heavily involved, acting as the show's host, executive producer and even directing one of the episodes.

Related: Apollo 11 at 50: A Complete Guide to the Historic Moon Landing

Ron - Howard - Producer - Series - Cast

Ron Howard was also a producer and the series has an impressive cast, including Bryon Cranston, Cary Elwes, Ann Cusack, Sally Field and Alan Ruck.

The first six episodes focus on the buildup and eventual landing of the Eagle lunar module. Episode 1, titled "Can We Do This?," maps the origins of Apollo from its Mercury and Gemini roots. Episode 2, "Apollo 1," and tells of the tragic fire and the subsequent appointing of blame. Episode 3, titled "We Have Cleared the Tower," portrays the intense preparation for Apollo 7.

Episode - Apollo - Context - Episode - Favorites

The fourth episode, called "1968," puts Apollo 8 into its historical context. Episode 5, one of my favorites, is titled "Spider" and follows the engineering team at Grumman as they designed, built and tested the lunar modules during Apollo 9 and 10. Rounding off the first half of the mini-series is episode 6, "Mare Tranquilitatis," which...
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