(NEW YORK) – On July 20th, 1969, the world watched Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, but behind these iconic images is an unseen story. Now, 50 years later, Discovery and Science Channel will celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing with a two-hour television event, APOLLO: THE FORGOTTEN FILMS (WT), that will tell the complete story of this most audacious of missions, with footage not seen anywhere else. The archives reveal the incredible lengths an army of engineers, scientists and astronauts went to, to achieve America’s greatest technological feat.
APOLLO: THE FORGOTTEN FILMS, premiering summer 2019, employs footage from a number of different resources including NASA Research Centers, The National Archives, and news reports of the time. Having sifted through thousands of reels of film, this amazing trove is a remarkable behind the scenes look at the exhaustive preparation that went into sending the first humans to our moon.
“The approach to this commemorative special is to celebrate and honor everyone who made this most incredible of missions possible,” said Howard Swartz, Senior Vice President of Production and Development, Discovery. “With only the use of archival footage from the time, this will be is an immersive experience for the viewer, transporting them back to a time of hope, fear, and ultimately, triumph.”
America’s race to the moon was no simple mission. The 400,000 scientists and engineers who devoted their lives to realize the dream of a nation faced one obstacle after another. They overcame enormous challenges to build a rocket powerful enough to break free of earth’s gravity with a fearless group of astronauts, who risked their lives to fly a spaceship that would land on a precise spot on the moon, 250,000 miles away.
APOLLO: THE FORGOTTEN FILMS is produced for Discovery and Science Channel by Arrow Media. Executive Producers for Arrow are Tom Brisley and Sam Starbuck. Howard Swartz serves as Executive Producer for Discovery and Science Channel.
About Discovery Channel:
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the peoples, places, and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com
About Science Channel:
Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery, Inc. is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. Science Channel’s programming also includes timely, expert-driven specials covering breaking science news and discoveries. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 63 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at www.sciencechannel.com; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.