New documentary focuses on 'unsung heroes' of Apollo missions

Director David Fairhead, Producer Keith Haviland and former NASA Flight Controller Jerry Bostick talk about 'Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.'

A new documentary that premiered during South By Southwest delves into the Apollo program that put men on the moon by focusing on the men on the ground that were part of the monumental undertaking.

Director and producers David Fairhead, Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds utilize NASA archive footage and stories from the men who lived it to bring "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo" to life.

"At the heart of Apollo was the team who worked in Mission Control in Houston," the documentary's synopsis reads. "They were born in the mid-20th century, a time of economic turmoil and conflict. Some came from farms and a lifestyle little changed for a century. Others grew up in a blue-collar America of mines and smoke stacks. They ranged from kids just out of college to those hardened by military service. But from this group of people an extraordinary team was born, setting out on what JFK called: “The most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked.” The film takes us from the faltering start of the US program, through their personal struggles, to the glories of the Moon landings."

Before Mission Control's world premiere at SXSW, Fairhead, Haviland, and former NASA Flight Controller Jerry Bostick spoke with KVUE.com about the documentary and what they hope to see from the future of space exploration. Tap the video above for the full interview.

If you wish to see the documentary during SXSW, there will be a showing at 2:30 p.m. March 18 at ZACH Theatre in Austin. It will be released April 14, 2017.

TRAILER for "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo" (TAP HERE if you cannot see the trailer)

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