Date created: April 2010
Release date 2007
Duration 109 min
Producer(s) Simon Andreae, John Battsek, Belinda Blacklock...more
Director(s) David Sington...more
Cast Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong...more
Reentry is very critical in Apollo. The last time I looked at my computer, we were accelerating through 39,000 feet per second, which is, uh, translates to over 26,000 miles an hour.
A rifle bullet only goes 2,000 miles an hour.
You, you are literally on fire. Your, uh, your heat shield is on fire, and it's streaming, its fragments are streaming out behind you. It's like being inside a gigantic lightbulb.
The reentry started at 400,000 feet, and by the time you got to 90,000 feet you're basically comin' straight down, free-fall.
The Moon was the most spectacularly beautiful desert you can ever imagine. Unspoiled, untouched. It had a vibrancy about it. And the contrast between the Moon and the black sky was so vivid and... it just made this impression, you know, of excitement and wonder.
Now, I pick up the phone. And he said "Who's this?" and I told him "Alan Bean". He said "Well, we're down here and we're doin' this test, and we've lost the crew." And I said "Wh-where'd they go? You lost 'em?" 'Cause I thought they just need to run the test, and they can't find 'em. "No," they said, "we've lost the crew." I said "Maybe they're down at the beach house." And they said "No, there was a fire." And then it dawns on me that maybe they're talkin' about somethin' diff'rent than I think.
When you land on the Moon, and you stop, and you get out, nobody's out there. This little LM, and then two of you, you're it. On this whole big place. And that's a weird feeling. It's a weird feeling to be... two people, and that's it.
In Earth orbit, the horizon's just slightly curved. When you head on out to the Moon, in very short order, and you get a chance to look back at the Earth, that horizon slowly curves around in upon himself, and all of sudden you're looking at something that is very strange, but yet is very, very familiar, because you're beginning to see the Earth evolve.
[referring to Apollo 17's liftoff] I had control of that vehicle right in the palm of my hands. If the guidance failed or started to stray or went somewhere we didn't like or the ground didn't like, I could flip a switch, and I could control seven, over seven and a half million pounds of thrust with this handle and fly the thing to the Moon myself. And I guarantee you, I had practiced it and trained for it so many times, I almost dared, I almost dared her to quit on me. Every breath she breathed, I breathed with her. She was, she was uniquely something special, and what a hell of a ride she gave us.
I hold the world speed record downhill, in a Rover. I think it was 17 kilometers per hour, downhill.
I think even Gene Cernan, with all his test pilot macho, thought that was a little fast.
[discussing Neil Armstrong's "one small step" line] It was like Neil, but deeper than I thought that he would come up with. I wouldn't have had the self-control to do that. I'd have, to me, I'd have been jumping up and down, "Yahoo! Hey man, I'm here!" That's the kind of response that I think I would have had. But he was very, very controlled, and those words came out, and they were very appropriate and perfect.
[discussing the Apollo 13 accident] We were in serious trouble.
I thought, when I saw that oxygen system leaking down, I figured we'd lost them. I really did. I didn't think we'd make it.