CNN de­tails the flight of Apollo 11 in a wave of moon-land­ing spe­cials

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If you aren’t aware the 50th an­niver­sary of the first manned moon land­ing is com­ing, tele­vi­sion won’t let you for­get.

Var­i­ous net­works will of­fer spe­cial programmin­g high­light­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of the Amer­i­can space pro­gram that ul­ti­mately en­abled as­tro­naut Neil Armstrong to take “one small step for man, one gi­ant leap for mankind” on July 21, 1969. In­cluded is the tele­vi­sion pre­miere of crit­i­cally ac­claimed doc­u­men­tary “Apollo 11” Sun­day, June 23, on CNN.

For all the footage seen of the mis­sion over the past half-cen­tury, pro­ducer-di­rec­tor Todd Dou­glas Miller mines re­cently found film – shot in 70mm – and over 11,000 hours (that’s not a typo) of au­dio record­ings to of­fer unique per­spec­tives on an event doc­u­mented sub­stan­tially over the past five decades. A spe­cial edi­tion of the film is be­ing of­fered to mu­se­ums and science cen­ters.

The pa­rade of pro­grams on the moon land­ing cer­tainly doesn’t stop there, and here’s a look at some oth­ers. “Apollo’s Moon Shot” (Sun­day, June 23, Smithsonia­n Chan­nel): Af­ter its pre­miere a week ear­lier, this se­ries con­tin­ues by de­tail­ing the tran­si­tion from the Gem­ini pro­gram to the Apollo flights ... with tragedy among the fac­tors in the move­ment to­ward the goal of reach­ing the moon.

“Apollo: Mis­sions to the Moon” (Sun­day, July 7, Na­tional Geo­graphic): With­out link­ing nar­ra­tion, this of­fer­ing tells the story of the moon land­ing as oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced it at the time via tele­vi­sion news­casts, film from NASA and au­dio from Mis­sion Con­trol.

“The Day We Walked on the Moon” (Sun­day, July 7, Smithsonia­n Chan­nel): This mo­ment-by-mo­ment rec­ol­lec­tion of Apollo 11’s time on the lunar sur­face fea­tures in­ter­views with as­tro­naut Michael Collins and the chil­dren of his fel­low crew mem­bers Armstrong and Ed­win “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., as well as flight di­rec­tor Gene Kranz and Queen gui­tarist Brian May ... who has a de­gree in astro­physics.

“Amer­i­can Ex­pe­ri­ence: Chas­ing the Moon” (Mon­day-Wed­nes­day, July 8-10, PBS; check lo­cal listings): Amer­ica’s in­volve­ment in the so-called “space race” is cov­ered in a three-night pro­gram re­call­ing the me­dia cir­cus that sur­rounded the as­tro­nauts, as well as chal­lenges faced by the sci­en­tists and engi­neers who sent them aloft.

“Apollo 11”

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