The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On TV -

Tele­vi­sion pro­grams tied to the 50th an­niver­sary of the first moon land­ing are plen­ti­ful right now, and de­but­ing on home video the same week PBS tele­vises it, this three-episode doc­u­men­tary traces the so­called “space race” from its in­cep­tion up to the Apollo 11 mis­sion that saw Neil Armstrong set foot on the lu­nar sur­face. While the pro­gram deals with the literal nuts and bolts that got rock­ets ready to fly, it also con­sid­ers the per­sonal sto­ries of those who oc­cu­pied the ships and over­saw the tech­nol­ogy that put them aloft. It also looks at the gen­uine me­dia cir­cus that

tran­spired, as en­ter­pris­ing re­porters tried to delve be­yond the talk­ing points that NASA of­fi­cials would have pre­ferred they stuck to.

★★★ (Not rated: P) (Also on Blu-ray)

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