Apollo 11 Takes Off at DMNS

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Apollo 11 is a new film at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s IMAX theater, starring never-before-seen footage of the well-known story of man’s first space mission to the Moon.

In 2017, a team from NASA and the National Archives and Records Administration discovered 11,000 hours of unreleased film from before, during, and after the Apollo 11 journey.

They also found recordings of all communications sent between NASA’s headquarters and the spacecraft. It was this footage that was meticulously edited and made into the movie, which commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the moon landing.

One unique aspect of the film is that it is in a 70mm format, meaning the quality of the film is very in-depth and zoomed-in.

For example, as Neil Armstrong was putting on his helmet before embarking on the mission, you could see every individual hair on his head.

The film features original footage of the Apollo 11 mission including of the launch complex, spectators enthusiastically waiting to see the launch, the launch itself, the journey to and from the Moon, exploration on the Moon’s surface, the spacecraft’s re-entry, and the astronaut’s recovery. Also featured is footage of NASA employees communicating with the astronauts, and all of the work done in the control room that made the launch possible.

From this movie, I learned about the different stages of launch, separation, orbit, landing, and re-entry from the detailed diagrams and animations the film included. These components of the film helped me understand more about the Apollo 11 odyssey and also helped me learn more about the behind-the-scenes efforts of all of the NASA workers.

I definitely recommend this film if you are intrigued by space or if you want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Apollo 11 mission.

For more information, go to https://www.dmns.org/visit/imax/