Monday, June 23, 2008

From the Earth to the Moon...

From the Earth to the Moon is one of the most inspiring programs I've ever seen. It takes you from John F. Kennedy's 1961 moon speech at Rice Stadium through the entire efforts of the Apollo program.
Well written and visually stunning, it does more justice to the subject than one could hope. I believe there are 12 hour long episodes. Some are better than others and they are all quite a different take from one another, but I think it's the 10th one that was by far my favorite. Titled, Galileo Was Right, it tells the story of the Apollo 15 Astronauts, who are pilots and must become geologists also to fill the scientific objectives of their mission. They struggle through hours of classroom instruction that holds little interest and appeal to them until Jack Schmitt brings in an old college professor by the name of Lee Silver who is both a world class geologist and a gifted teacher.
Hopefully we all know what a gifted teacher can do for a student. Lee Silver not only takes these pilots and turns them into geologists, but he truly opens another universe for them to see and because of that, they are able to bring the environment of the moon and it's geological story home to earth.
Don't skip ahead to see this one, it's better to see them in order. That's All There IS.. episode #7, is a little PG-13.. just to let you know.

1 comment:

Janice said...

I SO agree with you. This is a must watch series.