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1969: Moon Shot (Series Premiere ABC Tues 23 Apr 2019)

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Moon Shot: In July 1969 when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins traveled to the moon and planted the American flag on the lunar surface, it brought the nation and the world together. Though the billions spent on the moon shot were controversial, especially among civil rights leaders, it would make America the world leader in technology.

Featured in the episode are interviews with Margaret Hamilton, a pioneering female software engineer whose coding made the moon landing possible; “Hidden Figures” Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden; astronaut Michael Collins who was among the three who strapped themselves to an explosive rocket and hurtled into the unknown; and Charlie Duke and Gerry Griffin, who provided the astronauts a crucial lifeline to Mission Control as they dared to attempt the impossible. Young astronauts and engineers of today look back at why what they did was so incredible – and what we owe them.

The series director and executive producer of “1969” is Jeanmarie Condon for Lincoln Square Productions.

Airdate: Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 10.00pm on ABC.

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