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On Jul. 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the Moon -- eight years after President John F. Kennedy's Moon Shot speech to a joint session of Congress. Smithsonian Channel celebrates the 50th anniversary of this historic event with a 6-part series that tells the entire story of NASA's human spaceflight program, documenting the urgency, uncertainty and excitement that characterized the early days of the Space Race. "Apollo's Moon Shot" showcases rare artifacts from the vaults of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, including John Glenn's camera, Apollo 11's command module and space boots covered in lunar dust. The series revisits the triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo program, presenting newly restored archival film, stunning footage of each mission and NASA's oral histories taken from the astronauts' debriefings.

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The world celebrates the first Moon landing in July 1969, and President Richard Nixon rides the wave of global enthusiasm to achieve foreign policy goals; NASA's brightest minds set their sights on a new target: cutting-edge science.
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The historic Apollo 11 mission, as told through rare archival footage, astronaut interviews and artifacts on display at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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Three critical Apollo missions in 1968 and 1969 put NASA back on track to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade.
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The two-person Gemini missions teach American astronauts to walk in space, but tragedy strikes the first manned Apollo mission when a capsule catches fire, revealing the true cost of space flight.
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Americans are shocked when the Space Race begins with the launch of Russia's Sputnik; NASA launches its first astronauts, and President John F. Kennedy raises the stakes, promising to put Americans on the Moon.
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A look at the final Apollo missions and the impact they had on science and future space explorations.

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