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For Release: March 30, 1998

Michael Finneran
(757) 864-6121/23/24

RELEASE NO. 98-015

March 31 event at Virginia Air and Space Center
Media invited to premier of HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"

News media are invited to cover the premiere of the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The premier airs at 7:30 p.m. The hour-long premier, co-sponsored by NASA Langley, will feature highlights of the 12-part series produced by Tom Hanks and is scheduled to run on Cox Cable in April and May.

The series chronicles the U.S. voyage to the Moon, beginning with President Kennedy's commitment to the program in 1961 to touchdown of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 and the missions that followed. The premier will feature highlights of parts one through three and the whole of part four.

Following the premier, the first two parts of the series will air on HBO on Sunday, April 5, and run every Sunday through May 10.

Langley Research Center, birthplace of the nation's space program, played a critical role in the Moon landing and figures in the early parts of the series. The center:

  • Managed the Mercury program in which the first American orbited the Earth.
  • Developed the method used to land on the Moon.
  • Built simulators where astronauts practiced for a safe landing and return.
  • Used wind tunnels to help determine the aerodynamic characteristics of the Apollo-Saturn launch configuration.
  • Played a key role in the mapping of the lunar surface and the selection of landing sites.


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