Series
NOVA
Episode
To the Moon
Raw Footage
Interview with John Young, astronaut and engineer who served as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission, part 1 of 2
Producing Organization
WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-zp3vt1j32r
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Description
John Young, astronaut and engineer who served acted as pilot and commander of multiple Gemini and Apollo missions, is interviewed about the space program. Young believes that we should go back to the moon to continue learning about "our sister satellite", and wants to keep sending rovers to the Moon to learn about water on the moon. Young believes that humans should attempt space colonization, and says that it is better to make mistakes and learn from them, than to not make mistakes at all. After the space program ended in 1972, Young was one of the men responsible for keeping the dream of the moon alive, and thought that mankind would have established further lunar branches in the years since the final Apollo mission. Young says that the highlight of his Apollo 16 experience was simply getting the mission done, and talks about some of the technical difficulties on the mission, and the astronauts' surprise at not landing in a volcanic site, contrary to NASA's projections. He explains the landscape of the site, and the rocks and craters in the area, as well as the difficulties in navigating the landscape. Young describes how he came to be part of the Apollo program, and describes training with Lee Silver, and talks about flying over the moon on Apollo 10. Before Apollo 10, there was debate about the structure and landscape of the moon, including ideas that it was all impact craters, volcanoes, or blobs of water. Young liked the idea of the scientist-astronauts, and thought it was a good idea to bring professional scientists into the program.
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.
Created
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
00:23:32
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Credits
Interviewee: Young, John Watts, 1930-2018
Producing Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation
AAPB Contributor Holdings
WGBH
Identifier: 52093 (barcode)
Format: Digital Betacam
Generation: Original
Duration: 0:23:32
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Citations
Chicago: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with John Young, astronaut and engineer who served as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission, part 1 of 2 ,” 1998-00-00, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed August 1, 2021, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-zp3vt1j32r.
MLA: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with John Young, astronaut and engineer who served as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission, part 1 of 2 .” 1998-00-00. WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. August 1, 2021. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-zp3vt1j32r>.
APA: NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with John Young, astronaut and engineer who served as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission, part 1 of 2 . 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-zp3vt1j32r