As I have gotten older, I have realized that my life – all lives – have bookmarks. A bookmark delineates what your life was before and after. Some are good, like a good marriage, children – and some horrible, such as the sudden death of a loved one. Historical events can go either way. I remember where I was hearing about 9/11, or the assassination of the Kennedys.
Apollo 11 was a good bookmark.
In the summer of 1969 I got an interesting job at Sequoia National Park. I was flown to the back country in a Bell 47 to meet 4 other workers, and we cleared fallen trees and fixed trails in the back country for a summer. Food and mail was flown in once a week and if you wanted to bathe you’d find a snow-fed stream. We hiked all summer carrying chainsaws and backpacks.
One summer evening we set up camp in a grove of redwoods. I can remember looking up in childlike wonder at night through those massive trees gazing at the moon and hearing the voice of Neil Armstrong on my small transistor radio.
It is worth seeing. When it comes to movies depicting historical figures and times, accuracy is critical for me. None of this “inspired by…” for me.
While I knew this early spaceflight was dangerous (they show the 1967 fire in the Apollo capsule, necessitating a massive redesign), I didn’t know of the additional dangers.
If you want an entertaining movie that accurately depicts Armstrong and the early space program, I recommend First Man.