Apollospace® proudly presents the Apollo Reflection Series:
The Apollo Reflections films look back at the memories and imagery of the Apollo era as well as the influences the Apollo Program had on those who were witness to it. Focusing on the personal reflections of Apollo Astronauts and their mission photography, these documentary interviews not only reflect on the past, they also reflect the influences of those missions on people today – and how they can continue to inspire tomorrow.
As the Apollo astronauts reflect on their historic missions, we also experience the wonder of Apollo and space exploration through the stories of people inspired by those missions to see ourselves and our place in the cosmos more clearly.
Reflections: Apollo 7 in Pictures and Words, with Walt Cunningham
Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo era, beginning with the launch of Apollo 7 in October, 1968, the first film in the series was released in October, 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 7. “Reflections: Apollo 7 in Pictures and Words,” features the best Apollo 7 photography and archival media described by the sole remaining crewman from that mission: Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham. In this 23 minute film, released on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 7 launch on October 11, 2018, Walt reflects on his NASA career, some of his favorite Apollo images, and the future of spaceflight. The interview with Walt was shot in 4K at his home on August 30, 2018. The film runs 23 minutes.
Reflections: Apollo 13 in Pictures and Words
Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise tells the heroic story of Apollo 13
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, Apollospace presents, “Reflections: Apollo 13 in Pictures and Words,” featuring Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise telling stories of the mission accompanied by our best Apollo 13 photography. In this 26 minute film, Fred reflects on his military and NASA careers, the launch of Apollo 13 and initial photographic tasks and equipment, the the oxygen tank “explosion,” the problems with CO2 and the lithium hydroxide cartridges, the mission’s best lunar photography, the story and promise of Apollo, and the future of humanity. The interview with Fred was shot in 4K on August 30, 2018. The film runs approximately 26 minutes.
Apollo Reflections: The General on Gemini & Apollo
Our third short in the “Apollo Reflections” series, “Apollo Reflections: The General on Gemini & Apollo” features Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gen. Tom Stafford.
In the film General Stafford discusses all four of his missions, from his first, GT-6, which featured the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit, to his last, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) and the first docking of two international spacecraft. In between, he confronted angry alligators, endured spacewalks from hell, barnstormed the moon, brought a tumbling spaceship back under control, and became (as he remains to this day) the fastest man alive. Stafford also discusses his childhood inspirations, the significance and legacy of Apollo, the lessons and implications for humanity for international cooperation, seeing the Earth from space, and his thoughts on the future.
The interview was shot in 4K on May 19, 2019, at Gen. Stafford’s name sake museum and at a public event at his alma mater high school in Weatherford, OK, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his Apollo 10 flight. The film runs approximately 45 minutes. Featured below is an extended 18 minute clip discussing Apollo 10 (clip in HD, full film in 4K):
RUSTY SCHWEICKART APOLLO 9 & BEYOND
We have completed our fourth film in the “Apollo Reflections” series, this one featuring Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot:
“Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond”
In this profoundly beautiful and moving film, Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart discusses the Apollo 9 mission, his life-altering spacewalk, and our cosmic birth. Rusty describes testing the Lunar Module, the first true spaceship that would four month later land men on the moon; his historic spacewalk, the first EVA of the Apollo era; and the incredible beauty of the Earth from space.
Beyond the Apollo 9 mission itself, Rusty goes much deeper to explore the philosophical and evolutionary implications of humanity’s first steps into the cosmos, describing the powerful effects of his “five minutes” alone on the Lunar Module porch as he observed the Earth below and pondered the big questions of existence – questions he would come to answer back on Earth.
The film is in 4K with a run time of 48:06.
Check out the full film “Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond”:
Praise for “Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond” :
“Astronaut Rusty Schweickart’s story is one of the great ones, and the way this film [“Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond”] tells the story has its own greatness,” – Stewart Brand, co-founder of Long Now Foundation and creator and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award).
“What was the real meaning of Apollo? The big meaning? That’s what I asked myself anticipating the 50th anniversary of that historic moment. Jeremy Theoret captured it in this film… this is what I believe. No small challenge.” – Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart.
“I am proud and honored to have been helpful in producing the beautiful piece of art that is this film. From the music to the visuals to what comes out of the mind of an amazing human being, this is a seamless and for me deeply emotional work that is a major contribution to the annals of space and also human history … You have produced something very special with this … What I get from it cannot be measured in any form of currency … I want to savor the incredibly warm feeling this film has given me, thank you for that gift.” – Martin Lollar, crowdfunding executive producer of the film.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Apollospace is currently in pre-production for our feature length documentary, “Apollo Reflections.” Watch this space for more news!