From the Earth to the Moon - Mare Tranquilitatis (1998)

From the Earth to the Moon - Mare Tranquilitatis (1998)

Season 1, Episode 6

Release Date: 19 April 1998 (USA)


Director: Frank Marshall
Writers: Andrew Chaikin, Al Reinert, Graham Yost, Tom Hanks


Running time: 54 minutes




Tom Hanks: Himself - Host

Sam Anderson: Thomas Paine

David Andrews: Frank Borman

Betsy Brantley: Jan Armstrong

Tom Brooks: Jack Garman

Dan Butler: Gene Kranz

Diana Scarwid: Joan Aldrin

Nick Searcy: Deke Slayton





It is July 1969, and years of testing, flights and controversy have all been building to this moment. The Apollo 11 mission is ready to begin and everyone on Earth knows what its purpose is. Reporter Emmett Seaborn presents a special to commemorate this event – featuring a group interview with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Issues of simulations, testing, the decision of which man got to set foot on the moon first, and more are touched on. Flashbacks offer further elaboration, as well. Finally, on July 20, 1969, the world watches as Neil and Buzz take that historic "small step."