A few months ago, before all the summer rain and cloud obliterated the night sky, my 12-year-old niece asked me if I knew the names of the two bright "stars" she'd seen. It was at the time that Venus and Jupiter appeared very close to each other, and they were sparkling beautifully. The display was made all the more spectacular by a glorious moon. Having answered my niece's question, I added that when I was her age I used to look up at the moon when 12 famous men flew there in rockets and walked on it. She looked at me, incredulous, and remarked: "you're weird". So I guess no-one had yet told her about Messrs Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins, Conrad, Cernan et al.
Yet at the time, I had been so fascinated and excited that I can still today recall and recite all the NASA Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts, and who flew on which mission. (Blimey, I'm beginning to sound like a trainspotter, or a geek! Actually, I just happen to have a very good memory.)
I hadn't seen this series when it was aired, and although I presumed this DVD collection wouldn't tell me much that I didn't already know, I thought my niece might enjoy watching a few minutes' footage of the Apollo 8 orbits, the subsequent first landing, and the lunar car's excursions. She was utterly captivated by the story. And there were some new facts (and recollections) for me. I'd recommend this DVD to anyone who's interested (primarily) in the missions to the moon but who wasn't alive to watch the live telecasts.
I believed it then, and now... so I hope that none of the conspiracy theorists out there are ever proved right! As Charles Duke once remarked: "Why would we fake it nine times?"