Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and twelve men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world.
Today on Discovery
Enterprise we explore
the many dangers and hidden horrors the Apollo astronauts faced during the glory
days of ’s
space program. As our video feature for today we present the National
Geographic Channel’s outstanding documentary Hidden Horrors of the Moon Landings. America
What if the Apollo 11 astronauts had been unable to leave the moon asplanned? What stroke of luck allowed the safe return of Apollo 13? Hidden Horrors of the Moon Landings reveals the make-or-break moments you didn't see.
On July 1969, 600 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong become the first human being to set foot on another world. Apollo 11's mission and the five moon landings that followed were the most costly and dangerous single expeditions ever undertaken by any government at any time in history.
For those who volunteered for the job, the risk of death was many times greater than a tour of duty in
In all, twenty four men ventured a quarter-million miles from home (with three
men (Jim Lovell, John Young and Gene Cernan) actually having flow to the Moon
twice), relying on just a single engine. Vietnam
These are the untold stories of Apollo: the rarely remembered breakthroughs, harrowing escapes and heartbreaking disasters. Neil Armstrong also carried a small National Geographic flag when he became the first person ever to step onto the surface of the moon.