• Publication date: February 18, 2010

Ups and downs of space travel The decision to send men to the moon

From Earth to the Moon is TV miniseries and a dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

From Earth to the Moon is TV miniseries and a dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

The series stars Nick Searcy as Deke Slayton, Lane Smith as Emmett Seaborn, David Andrews as Frank Borman, Daniel Hugh Kelly as Gene Cernan, Stephen Root as Chris Kraft, and Tom Hanks as himself. The series is directed by Michael Grossman.

From the Earth to the Moon explores the ups and downs of space travel, beginning with President Kennedy's famous speech before Congress on May 25, 1961, and chronicling the journey to putting the first man on the moon.

It depicts the early events of the space race from the perspective of NASA, including the decision to send men to the moon. It also concentrates attention on the Apollo 1 fire and subsequent investigation, follows a fictional documentary team covering the preparation for the flight of Apollo 7, has a dramatization of the first moon landing (Apollo 11), with flashback sequences to a television interview between the Apollo 11 crew and fictional broadcaster Emmett Seaborn, and depicts the television media's point of view concerning the 'successful failure' of Apollo 13.

The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-series or Motion Picture made for TV as well as several other awards and Emmys.

The entire series is 12 episodes long