Today on Far Future Horizons we present the ninth episode of the acclaimed twelve-part HBO television miniseries From the Earth to the Moon – “For Miles and Miles” which dramatises the mission of Apollo 14.
|Crew of Apollo 14 Left to right: Stuart A. Roosa, Alan B. Shepard, Jr. , Edgar D. Mitchell|
In 1964, while riding high on his fame as America's first man in space and his expected command of the first Gemini mission, Alan Shepard is suddenly struck with Ménière's disease, characterized by vertigo and nausea. Flight operations director Deke Slayton must ground him, but offers him the job of chief astronaut, effectively making Shepard Slayton's assistant as supervisor of all the astronauts. A few years later, a surgeon tries an experimental surgery which cures Shepard's symptoms, and he is returned to the flight rotation, commanding Apollo 14 in early 1971, which accomplishes Apollo 13's failed Fra Mauro landing. Shepard smuggles a golf ball and six-iron club head on board, which he fastens to a soil-collecting tool handle and uses to hit the ball "for miles and miles".
Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the United States Apollo program, and the third to land on the Moon. It was the last of the "H missions", targeted landings with two-day stays on the Moon with two lunar EVAs, or moonwalks.
From The Earth to the Moon (the Signature Edition) is available on DVD from Amazon .com.
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