NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission
Airs Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
The U.S. space program suffered a bitter setback when Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire during a pre-launch run-through.
In disarray, and threatened by the prospect of a Soviet Union victory in the space race, NASA decided upon a radical and risky change of plan: turn Apollo 8 from an earth-orbit mission into a daring sprint to the moon while relying on untried new technologies.
Suddenly everything hinged on Apollo 8.
Fifty years after the historic mission, the Apollo 8 astronauts and engineers recount the feats of engineering that paved the way to the moon.
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