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In the Shadow of the Moon

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lofty recap of the Apollo moon program.

Movie PG 2007 99 minutes
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This never-boring documentary uses no charts or diagrams or PBS-style narrator. Instead, it comes from the mouths of the astronauts and ground crew themselves, helped by a clever montage of astounding NASA space footage and pop-culture background (like Neil Armstrong's parents on a vintage TV game show).

Two sides of the space program emerge here. One is the awe of achievement for all humankind that seemed to transcend the turbulent times. The other shows the fine line between the "Right Stuff" idea ("an unshakable belief in your own infallibility") and the overconfidence that led to a 1967 fire on the launch pad that killed astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee in a sealed cockpit inferno.

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