American Heroes Channel Takes “One Giant Leap” In New Special Commemorating The Iconic 1969 Apollo 11 Mission

— One-Hour Special Celebrates the Unsung Heroes Who Helped Put the First Man on the Moon —


(Beverly Hills, Ca.) – On July 20, 1969, fear and excitement swept the world as Kennedy Space Center’s ground control anxiously waited to hear the outcome of NASA’s Apollo 11 space mission. With confirmation that the eagle had landed, the United States officially did the impossible and became the first nation to put a man on the moon. Now, American Heroes Channel (AHC) chronicles the tragedies, fears, and pressures of the 1960s space race that led to this historic moment in the all-new special, ONE GIANT LEAP. Premiering Wednesday, August 5 at 10/9c, ONE GIANT LEAP highlights the remarkable story of our nation’s journey to the moon, the landmark mission that inspired Americans during a time when violence and turmoil dominated headlines.


“Among the chaos and uncertainty of the 1960s Space Race, the triumph of the moon-landing united America,” said Kevin Bennett, EVP and general manager of American Heroes Channel. “And while we all know names of the courageous astronauts such as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, there were countless unsung heroes who helped make this dream a reality and AHC is privileged to showcase the full story of the greatest achievement in human history in ONE GIANT LEAP.”


ONE GIANT LEAP features exclusive interviews with top NASA experts and enthusiasts, including Mark J. Albrecht, former executive secretary of the National Space Council and President George H.W. Bush’s Principal Advisor on the U.S. space program. Also featured is retired NASA Flight Director and manager Gene Kranz, who played an integral role in directing the successful Mission Control team efforts to save the crew of Apollo 13, and Edward “Ed” Buckbee, former NASA public affairs officer who founded the highly successful U.S. Space Camp and Aviation challenge programs. Interviews with additional experts, academics and space advocates are also featured throughout the special.


ONE GIANT LEAP is produced for American Heroes Channel by 43 films, with Sammy Jackson as executive producer. For American Heroes Channel, Max Culhane is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.


About American Heroes Channel

American Heroes Channel (AHC) is a network from Discovery Communications that tells timeless stories in which a challenge appears – be it a situation or a villain – and a hero arises. Currently in nearly 60 million homes, AHC provides a rare glimpse into major events that shaped our world, visionary leaders and unexpected heroes who made a difference, and the great defenders of our freedom. For more information, please visit,, or American Heroes Channel is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-tv programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.