Synopsis

“At the heart of the Apollo program and a remarkable decade of achievement was the special team who worked in Mission Control.”

The Film

They were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. Some came from a rural lifestyle little changed from the 19th century. Others grew up in a gritty, blue-collar America of mines and smoke stacks. They ranged from kids straight out of college to those toughened by military service. But from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born.

They were setting out on what JFK called: “The most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked” and through their testimony – and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA flight directors – the film takes us from the faltering start of the program through the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire to the glories of the Moon landings.

Foundations of Mission Operations

To instill within ourselves these qualities essential to professional excellence

Discipline… Being able to follow as well as to lead, knowing that we must master ourselves before we can master our task.

Competence… There being no substitute for total preparation and complete dedication, for space will not tolerate the careless or indifferent.

Foundations of Mission Operations

Confidence…Believing in ourselves as well as others, knowing that we must master fear and hesitation before we can succeed.
Responsibility…Realizing that it cannot be shifted to others, for it belongs to each of us; we must answer for what we do, or fail to do.
Toughness…Taking a stand when we must; to try again, and again, even if it means following a more difficult path.

Foundations of Mission Operations

Teamwork…Respecting and utilizing the abilities of others, realizing that we work toward a common goal, for success depends upon the efforts of all.

Vigilance… Always attentive to the dangers of spaceflight; Never accepting success as a substitute for rigor in everything we do.

NASA’s Finest Hours

To always be aware that suddenly and unexpectedly we may find ourselves in a role where our performance has ultimate consequences.

“ To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in the trying we do not give it our best effort." Keith Haviland