Series
NOVA
Episode
To the Moon
Raw Footage
Interview with Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, part 2 of 3
Producing Organization
WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-0g3gx45v0s
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Description
Program Description
This remarkably crafted program covers the full range of participants in the Apollo project, from the scientists and engineers who promoted bold ideas about the nature of the Moon and how to get there, to the young geologists who chose the landing sites and helped train the crews, to the astronauts who actually went - not once or twice, but six times, each to a more demanding and interesting location on the Moon's surface. "To The Moon" includes unprecedented footage, rare interviews, and presents a magnificent overview of the history of man and the Moon. To the Moon aired as NOVA episode 2610 in 1999.
Raw Footage Description
Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, and space scientist who worked on the Apollo program, is interviewed about the Apollo program. He explains the necessity of having Apollo 12 land exactly where they planned, which required additional training. El-Baz calls Pete Conrad a "wild card" and credits his constant chatter with providing a great play-by-play of events on the moon. He also describes the photographs from the Apollo 11 mission as a "treasure trove", and explains the Apollo 14 mission's difficulties in finding their landing site, and its negative impact on the mission. On Apollo 15, the first J-mission, El-Baz explains the site selection, as well as the site selection for Apollo 17, and talks about the need for manned lunar missions, instead of relying on robots. El-Baz calls Apollo 16 the most interesting mission because its site was not as expected. As the Apollo program wound down, the scientists were more insistent on getting good information, and El-Baz says that Apollo 17 was the most scientifically interesting mission because of its discovery of orange soil, which led to later issues and discoveries. El-Baz talks about working with Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, and talks about the significance of having a scientist on the moon as a realization of early Apollo program goals. Final shots include B-roll of El-Baz talking.
Created Date
1998-00-00
Asset type
Raw Footage
Genres
Interview
Topics
History
Technology
Science
Subjects
American History; Gemini; apollo; moon; Space; astronaut
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:22:40
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Credits
Interviewee: El-Baz, Farouk, 1938-
Producing Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation
AAPB Contributor Holdings
WGBH
Identifier: 52081 (barcode)
Format: Digital Betacam
Generation: Original
Duration: 0:22:41
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Citations
Chicago: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, part 2 of 3 ,” 1998-00-00, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed January 27, 2023, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-0g3gx45v0s.
MLA: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, part 2 of 3 .” 1998-00-00. WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. January 27, 2023. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-0g3gx45v0s>.
APA: NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, part 2 of 3 . Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-0g3gx45v0s