The 50th birthday of the Moon landing by Apollo 11 is on the verge, and the National Geographic channel is has decided to mark the event in style. It is premiering its documentary “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” in July, and this is not just a renovation of the footage you have seen endless times. The documentary will show the Apollo Space Program with raw footage rather than narration, and some of it you probably have not seen before. This comprises mission audio that is “never before heard” plucked from 800 Hours of recordings as well as video freshly transferred from 500 Hours of footage. Unless you were sufficiently lucky to witness events the first time, this can easily feel new.
Tom Jennings (the director who earlier documented the Princess Diana and Challenger explosion) is depending on a few uncommon technological skills to make the experience better. Media claims that he is melding NASA video with Apollo black box recordings. The goal is to make an “Apollo-epoch time machine,” Jennings claimed to the media in an interview.
On a related note, NASA earlier issued a picture of the Earth snapped by the Parker Solar Probe during its historic voyage to the Sun. The pic was snapped on September 25, 2018, by WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument of Parker. When the pic of the planet was snapped, Parker Solar Probe was almost 27 Million Miles from the planet. The standard distance between the Earth and the Sun is 93 Million Miles.
The probe launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on its odyssey on August 12, 2018. The mission worth $1.5 Billion will take humanity nearer to the Sun than ever before. To bear the heat of almost 2,500 Degrees Fahrenheit, the probe is layered by a special carbon-composite shield that is 4.5-inch thick.