Transcript: Apollo 10: To Sort out the Unknowns | May 11, 1999

A full-screen caption reads "Apollo 10." Another reads "The Apollo Years."

Man Over Radio says THIS IS JUST SO THAT YOU
GUYS DON'T FORGET WHAT YOUR JOB
IS DOWN THERE.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says WE'RE READY.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says FOR ONE...

[Playing "Fly Me To The Moon"]

"FLY ME TO THE MOON
LET ME PLAY AMONG THE STARS
LET ME SEE WHAT SPRING IS
LIKE ON JUPITER AND MARS"
[Talking in background]

Man Over Radio says ROGER THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR
YOUR THOUGHTS.

Flames and smoke rise from a nighttime launch.
[Rocket launching]

A split screen shows fire spurting from the base of a rocket and the letters
"U.S.A." on its side as it slowly rises. The red hot booster section ejects.
A three-way split screen shows the rocket ascending, the lander above the
surface of the Moon and an orbital view of the Moon.

John F. Kennedy says WE CHOOSE TO
GO TO THE MOON IN THIS DECADE,
AND DO THE OTHER THINGS, NOT
BECAUSE THEY ARE EASY, BUT
BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD.
[Radio chatter]

A voice says WELCOME TO THE MOON.

THANK YOU.
(Astronauts speaking)

10 PERCENT FUEL.
(Astronauts speaking)

OK 30 SECONDS.
(Astronauts speaking)

Different clips show the Moon landing. The footprint left on the powdery
Moon surface is prominently displayed. A split-screen caption reads "The
Apollo Years."

A voice says HOUSTON, TRANQUILLITY BASE HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.

With a mock-up of the Moon Landing behind him, Marc Garneau, clean-shaven
in his forties, says HI, I'M MARC GARNEAU.
WELCOME TO "THE APOLLO YEARS."
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ONE OF
THE ASTRONAUTS WHO MADE IT TO
THE MOON AND ALMOST LANDED?
WELL GET READY TO MEET THE CREW
OF APOLLO 10.
THIS WAS THE SECOND MISSION TO
REACH THE MOON, AND THE FIRST TO
SEPARATE AND DOCK THE LUNAR AND
COMMAND MODULES IN LUNAR ORBIT.
WHILE JOHN YOUNG ORBITED IN THE
COMMAND MODULE, CODE-NAMED
"CHARLIE BROWN," TOM STAFFORD AND
GENE CERNAN DESCENDED IN THE
LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE, "SNOOPY,"
TO A MERE 15,000 METRES ABOVE
THE MOON'S SURFACE.
THERE, THE TWO MEN CHECKED OUT
A POTENTIAL LANDING SITE FOR
THE NEXT LUNAR MISSION, APOLLO 11.
ALL THREE ASTRONAUTS WERE
REWARDED FOR THEIR DRESS REHEARSAL.
EACH LATER COMMANDED, HIS OWN MISSION.
EACH MAN WOULD FLY TO THE MOON
NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE, AND THE
CLOCK WAS TICKING.
WHILE AMERICA WAS CLEARLY IN
THE LEAD, THEY ONLY HAD SEVEN
MONTHS LEFT TO MEET THE
DEADLINE OF LANDING A MAN ON
THE MOON BEFORE THE DECADE WAS OUT.
"APOLLO 10, TO SORT OUT THE
UNKNOWNS," TAKES US BACK TO
THIS NINE-DAY MISSION IN MAY OF 1969.

A moon rocket stands on its gantry.
(suspenseful music plays)

The Narrator says MAY 18TH, 1969, WE
WERE ALMOST READY.
MAN HAD ORBITED THE MOON ONCE.
MAN HAD TEST FLOWN THE LUNAR
MODULE, THE LUNAR LANDING
CRAFT, IN EARTH ORBIT ONCE.
BUT BEFORE WE WOULD COMMIT MAN
TO A LUNAR LANDING THERE WERE
STILL A NUMBER OF THINGS TO BE WORKED OUT.
THIS WAS THE MISSION OF APOLLO 10.
IN THE WORDS OF ITS COMANNDER,
TOM STAFFORD, "TO SORT OUT ALL
THE UNKNOWNS, AND PAVE THE WAY
FOR A LUNAR LANDING."

Over marshland near the launch pad, a caption reads "Apollo 10... To Sort Out
the Unknowns."

The Narrator says IT WAS A VETERAN CREW.
SPACECRAFT COMMANDER TOM
STAFFORD HAD FLOWN ON GEMINI 6 AND 9.
LUNAR MODULE PILOT GENE CERNAN,
HAD FLOWN WITH STAFFORD ON
GEMINI 9.
JOHN YOUNG HAD BEEN ON GEMINI 3
AND GEMINI 10.
THEY WOULD FACE PROBLEMS ON
APOLLO 10.
PROBLEMS THAT WOULD BE SOLVED
FOR APOLLO 11, MOST WOULD BE
MINOR, BUT THEY WOULD BE SOLVED.
STAFFORD, YOUNG, CERNAN, THEY
BROUGHT TO THEIR MISSION
ENTHUSIASM, DEDICATION,
RESPONSIBILITY, EVEN AMAZEMENT,
AND THROUGH THE MEANS OF COLOUR
TELEVISION THEY TOOK US WITH
THEM, AS THEY PLAYED THEIR PART
IN MAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE.

Man Over Radio says WE'VE GOT GO FOR OUR MISSION
TO THE MOON AT THIS TIME.
TOM STAFFORD REPORTS THEY HAVE GO.
WE'RE COMING UP AT 20 SECOND MARK.
T-MINUS, 20 SECONDS AND COUNTING.
17 SECONDS AND COUNTING,
GUIDANCE INTERNAL.
15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, WE
HAVE IGNITION SEQUENCE START.

Ignition is shown in slow motion.
[Rocket roars]

Mission Control continues ENGINES ON 5, 4, 3, 2, ALL
ENGINES RUNNING.
ONCE COMMIT, LIFTOFF, WE HAVE
LIFTOFF 29 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR.

The rocket slowly rises.

[Rocket thundering]
[Talking background]
[Beeping]

Man Over Radio says DO YOU...

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
[Beeping]

The first booster stage is ejected. The second ignites.

Man Over Radio says GOOD IGNITION ON THE SECOND STAGE.

Man Over Radio says... WAS QUITE A SEQUENCE.

Man Over Radio says IT'S JUST LIKE OLD TIMES.
IT'S BEAUTIFUL UP HERE.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says WE'VE GOT... ECSTATIC.

Man Over Radio says YEAH, THIS IS GREAT...

The Narrator says APOLLO 10 WAS
HEADED FOR ITS INITIAL PARKING
ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH.
AFTER THE CHECKOUT IN ORBIT IT
WAS TIME FOR T.L.I., TRANS
LUNAR INJECTION.
THE BURN OF THE S4B ENGINE
TO SEND APOLLO 10 TO THE MOON.

Man Over Radio says... MINUTES TO...
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says AH, ROCKET 10 YOU GO FOR
T.L.I. S4B'S LOOKING AT PLANS.

Man Over Radio says ROGER. PEKOE.

Man Over Radio says ROGER, PEKOE.
WE CONFIRM THE CUTOUT.

The Narrator says APOLLO 10, WITH A
PERFECT BURN, WAS ON ITS WAY TO THE MOON.
NOW, THE COMMAND AND SERVICE
MODULE SEPARATED FROM THE S4B,
AND TURNED AROUND TO DOCK WITH
THE LUNAR MODULE. FOR THE FIRST OF
MANY TIMES TOM STAFFORD TURNED
ON THE SMALL, HIGH RESOLUTION
COLOUR TELEVISION CAMERA, AND
SHARED WITH THE PEOPLE OF EARTH
THE SPECTACULAR SIGHTS OF OUTER SPACE.
APOLLO 10 TOOK ALONG ALL THOSE
WHO HAD MADE AND WERE MAKING
THE CONQUEST OF THE MOON A REALITY.

Man Over Radio says CHARLIE, WE CAN'T BE MORE
THAN ABOUT FIVE, TEN FEET AWAY.

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says AH, 10, IS LOOKING REAL STABLE.
WE SHOW YOU... IN FINDING.
[Beep]

A pink docking jack slowly approaches.

Man Over Radio says AND ROGER...

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says AGAIN, HOUSTON, YOU'RE
LOOKING GOOD.
WE CAN SEE THE MARKINGS IN THE RENDEZVOUS.
WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE A GOOD DOCK.
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Man Over Radio says WELL...

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
[Beep]
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Man Over Radio says... I GOT TWO...

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says SHE'S GOING DOWN THERE,
CHARLIE.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says OKAY, WE CAN READ, READ
NUMBERS ON THE LAND MARK, AH,
DOCKING WINDOW.

The Narrator says DURING THE
DOCKING, APOLLO 10 ENCOUNTERED
ITS FIRST PROBLEM.
THE MYLAR CONTAINING THE
INSULATION ON THE SPACECRAFT
HATCHES HAD BROKEN, RELEASING A
SNOWSTORM OF FIBREGLASS IN THE
ZERO GRAVITY.
[Beep]

A colour clip shows the cabin full of floating fibreglass.

Man Over Radio says HEY, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A HECK
OF A CLEANING JOB HERE.
WE HAVE INSULATION ALL OVER THE
SEAL, ALL OVER THE VALVE, AND
IT'S TRULY A HECK OF A MESS UP HERE.

The Narrator says FOR APOLLO 11 IT
WOULD BE FIXED.
THEN WE WATCHED, AS THEY PULLED
FREE OF THE S4B AND GOT OUR
FIRST LIVE COLOUR PICTURES OF
THE BLUE PLANET, EARTH.

The blue Earth with its swirling white cloud patterns appears in the blackness
of space.

Gene Cernan says CHARLIE, ITS,
ITS, ITS ORANGE, ITS DRY.
AND YOU CAN GO RIGHT UP PAST
THE... AND YOU CAN SEE THE
POLAR CAPS.
IT'S, IT'S INCREDIBLE.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says AH, WE SEE IT ALL HERE, GENE.
ITS COLOURS ARE REALLY BEAUTIFUL.
[Beep]

Gene Cernan says THAT'S GREAT.
AND THE BLACK IS BLACK.
THE... YOU CAN SEE IS THE SETTING
FOR ALL THIS.

Man Over Radio says RIGHT.
[Beep]

The Narrator says SO STAFFORD, YOUNG
AND CERNAN, BEGAN THEIR COAST
AWAY FROM EARTH.
THEIR SPEED CONTINUALLY
DROPPING, AS THE ARMS OF
EARTH'S GRAVITY TRIED TO PULL THEM BACK.
TO CONTROL THE TEMPERATURE OF
THE SPACECRAFT THEY PERFORMED A
SLOW, STEADY, ROTATION.

Man Over Radio says YEAH, I'M NOT QUITE, SURE
BUT WE'LL SOON BE ABOUT 55,000
MILES OUT.

Man Over Radio says YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.
[Beeping]

Man Over Radio says IT'S CERTAINLY A LONG WAY FROM...

The Narrator says IT WAS TIME TO
CONTINUALLY CHECK THE
TRAJECTORY AND THE SPACECRAFT.
THE COMMAND MODULE, CALL SIGN
"CHARLIE BROWN," THE LUNAR
MODULE... "SNOOPY."
IT WAS TIME FOR CONVERSATION
AND IT WAS TIME FOR SHOWING THE
PEOPLE AT HOME ON THE EARTH
WHAT SPACE TRAVEL IS LIKE.

Stafford says AH... YOU HAVE YOUR CHOICE.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS RIGHT
SIDE UP, YOU CAN GO UPSIDE DOWN.

Man Over Radio says WE'RE STILL WHERE HE SAYS.

Man Over Radio says ROGER, DOWN HERE.
[Laughs]

Man Over Radio says OKAY, WE'VE GOT, ONE OF YOU
IN EACH DIRECTION.
[Beep]

Stafford says IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO FLY.

The Narrator says FARTHER AND
FARTHER FROM EARTH, STAFFORD,
YOUNG AND CERNAN FLEW ON THEIR
WINGLESS FLIGHT.
NOW, OFF THE ROTATING HOME
PLANET DAY AND NIGHT BECAME
ONLY A PROGRESSION OF MINUTES,
AS THE SPACECRAFT ROTATED AT
THREE REVOLUTIONS AN HOUR.
[Static]
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Man Over Radio says FINISH THAT UPSIDE DOWN.
IT SHOULD BE A...

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
[Beep]
[Whistle]

REVEILLE, REVEILLE, ALL HANDS
GET UP.
TRY TO GET UP. PLEASE...
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says HOUSTON, IT SOUNDS LIKE
WE'RE READY FOR OUR NAVAL DRILL
ON THE FLIGHT.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says AND HERE IS YOUR HOROSCOPE
READING FOR TODAY, APOLLO 10.
TOM STAFFORD, YOU SHOULD
CONCENTRATE ON FINISHING THINGS
THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY STARTED.
TODAY'S PACE WILL BE MODERATE.
USE THIS TIME TO TAKE INVENTORY.
[Beep]

JOHN YOUNG, YOU WILL HAVE A
SLOW DAY TODAY.
THIS WILL GIVE YOU TIME TO
CONCENTRATE ON THE WORK AHEAD.
YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR
SURROUNDINGS AND COMPANIONS.
[Beep]

AND DINO, YOUR HOROSCOPE
READS GIVE CAREFUL THOUGHT TO
YOUR WORKING AND DRIVING HABITS.
DO SOMETHING NICE FOR YOUR FRIENDS.
[Beep]

The Narrator says THE CREW OF APOLLO
10 WAS GETTING READY FOR LUNAR ORBIT.
CHECKLISTS GONE OVER, CLOCKS
SYNCHRONIZED, COMPUTERS UPDATED.
AS THE TIME FOR THE LUNAR ORBIT
INSERTION BURN NEARED, THE MEN
IN MISSION CONTROL CONCENTRATED
ON THEIR DISPLAYS.

Man Over Radio says HERE'S TO APOLLO 10.
JUST TRY...
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Man Over Radio says OVER.

Man Over Radio says IT'S THERE PLUS 60 MILES.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says I'LL GUARANTEE YOU ON THAT.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says APOLLO 10, HOUSTON, TWO
MINUTES TO L.O.S.
EVERYBODY HERE SAYS GOD SPEED.

Man Over Radio says OKAY, THEN WE'LL SEE YOU
WHEN WE RE-EMERGE.

Man Over Radio says AH, ROGER.
[Beep]

The Narrator says L.O.S.... LOSS OF SIGNAL.
THE BURN TO PLACE THE
SPACECRAFT INTO LUNAR ORBIT
WOULD TAKE PLACE BEHIND THE
MOON, OUT OF CONTACT WITH EARTH.
LATER, A SECOND BURN WOULD MAKE
THE ORBIT CIRCULAR, 60 MILES
ABOVE THE MOON.
THE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS WAITED
FOR A.O.S.... ACQUISITION OF SIGNAL.
[Static]

In Mission Control, tense flight controllers chew their fingers.

Man Over Radio says WE HAVE A.O.S.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says HELLO, APOLLO 10, HOUSTON. OVER.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says ROGER, HOUSTON, APOLLO 10,
YOU CAN TELL THE WORLD THAT WE
HAVE ARRIVED.

Man Over Radio says HOW'S THE VIEW, TOM?

Stafford says CHARLIE, IT MIGHT SOUND
CORNY, BUT THE VIEW IS REALLY
"OUT OF THIS WORLD."

The Narrator says FOR THE SECOND
TIME, THREE AMERICANS ORBITED THE MOON.
THE ELECTRONIC SENSES OF
"MISSPIN," THE MANNED SPACE
FLIGHT NETWORK FOLLOWED THEIR
FLIGHT, MEASURING PRECISELY
THEIR ORBITAL PATH, INFORMATION
VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE
FIRST MAN LANDING.
ON THE FIRST ORBIT THE CREW
TURNED THE TV CAMERA ON THE
SCARRED, LUNAR LANDSCAPE.

Man Over Radio says... UP HERE.
[Dialogue unintelligible]
THAT'S THE FIRST REAL THING...
SEEM TO RECOGNIZE AND BOY
IT'S REALLY STANDS OUT.

The Narrator says STAFFORD, YOUNG,
CERNAN, A QUARTER OF A MILLION
MILES FROM EARTH.
60 MILES ABOVE OUR DESOLATE SATELLITE.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says BOY, THIS IS REALLY A RUGGED LAND.

Man Over Radio says BUT ALSO WHEN... RISES FROM
THE MOUNTAIN YOU CAN SEE DOWN
HERE THAT'S GONNA BE A REAL
KICK TOMORROW DOWN AT 50,000 FEET. OVER.
[Beep]

Mission Control says WE COPY THAT.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says HELLO, HOUSTON, APOLLO 10.
WE'VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF
THE EARTH HERE.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT.

A half Earth is seen just above the horizon on the Moon.

The Narrator says NOW IT WAS TIME
FOR LUNAR MODULE PILOT, GENE
CERNAN TO CRAWL INTO THE LUNAR
MODULE CALLED SNOOPY, TO CHECK
IT OUT FOR THE NEXT DAY'S
DESCENT. HIS EVALUATION...

On the radio, Gene Cernan says YEAH, AT FIRST
I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT,
FELLOW, AND I HOPE WE CAN GIVE
YOU A GOOD REPORT TOMORROW.
[Beep]

Houston says YOU BET YOUR LIFE.

Gene Cernan says YOU WATCH
SNOOPY WELL TONIGHT.
I'M GONNA SLEEP, THEN WE'LL
TAKE HIM OUT FOR A LITTLE WALK IN
THE MORNING.

Houston says OKAY.

The Narrator says THE NEXT DAY,
STAFFORD AND CERNAN WERE IN THE
LUNAR MODULE, JOHN YOUNG IN THE
COMMAND MODULE, CALLED CHARLIE BROWN.
THEY CHECKED OUT SNOOPY FOR THE LAST TIME.
ONE OF THE ITEMS INVOLVED
VENTING THE TUNNEL CONNECTING
SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN, TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE SPACECRAFT
HATCHES DID NOT LEAK.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says ROGER, I'M AFRAID WE CANNOT
GET THE... OVER.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says ROGER.
I UNDERSTAND.
TUNNEL WILL NOT PASS.
[Beep]

The Narrator says THIS WAS A REAL PROBLEM.
THE VENT PIPE SEEMED TO BE CLOGGED.
HOWEVER, THE HATCH INTEGRITY
WAS CHECKED BY REDUCING THE
PRESSURE, IN THE LUNAR MODULE.
THE INABILITY TO REDUCE
PRESSURE IN THE TUNNEL ALSO
CAUSED A THREE AND ONE HALF
DEGREE ROTATION BETWEEN THE TWO SPACECRAFT.
NOT ENOUGH TO ENDANGER
UNDOCKING, BUT FOR APOLLO 11 IT
WOULD BE FIXED.

Man Over Radio says OKAY ATLANTIC SOUP.
THREE MINUTES ARE GOING OVER....
YOUR... DOCKING, AND WE'LL
SEE YOU AROUND THE OTHER SIDE.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says ALL RIGHT. ROGER.

The Narrator says THE UNDOCKING TOOK
PLACE BEHIND THE MOON. WHEN CONTACT WAS
RE-ESTABLISHED, SNOOPY AND
CHARLIE BROWN WERE READY FOR
THE SEPARATION MANEUVER PRIOR
TO DESCENT.
THE WORD FROM JOHN YOUNG IN
CHARLIE BROWN WAS...

John Young says GENTLEMEN, I
DON'T KNOW HOW BIG THIS THING
GETS, BUT THERE AIN'T NOBODY
IN HERE FOR ONE GUY.

Man Over Radio says THIS IS HOW APOLLO LOOKS
WHEN YOU'RE AS FAR AWAY AS WE ARE.

Houston says HEY, JOHN, IF YOU GET A
CHANCE YOU CAN TURN ON THE
RADAR SCREEN AND FIND OUT...

John Young says OKAY, MY
TRANSPONDER IS ON.

Man Over Radio says THE TRANSPONDER IS ON AND...
SWITCH IS ON...

John Young says I SHOULD BE
GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF A
SIGNAL, BUT I SURE DON'T.

The Narrator says AN ELECTRONIC
PIECE OF RADAR EQUIPMENT IN THE
COMMAND MODULE WAS NOT FUNCTIONING.
WITHOUT IT THERE WOULD BE NO
RENDEZVOUS AND NO LOW ORBIT
DESCENT IN THE LUNAR MODULE TO THE MOON.
IN MISSION CONTROL AND IN THE
TWO SPACECRAFT, SWITCH
POSITIONS AND PROCEDURES WERE RECHECKED.
FOR, THE DESCENT AND SUBSEQUENT
RENDEZVOUS WERE THE HEART OF
THE APOLLO 10 MISSION.
FROM MISSION CONTROL ONE LAST
DITCH INSTRUCTION WAS SENT UP.

Mission Control says ROGER.
HOW ABOUT TRYING TO RECYCLE THE
POWER SWITCH, CHARLIE BROWN?

The Narrator says IN THE COMMAND
MODULE, YOUNG TURNED THE SWITCH
OFF THEN ON AGAIN.

John Young says HEY, THAT DID IT
YOU GUYS. IT'S ON.

Mission Control says HEY, YOU JUST GOT TO FLICK
THAT SWITCH, OLD BUDDY.

John Young says WHAT DO YOU KNOW
ABOUT THAT?

The Narrator says A LITTLE THING, A
STUCK SWITCH.
BUT FOR APOLLO 11 IT WOULD BE CORRECTED.
[Static]

Mission Control says OKAY, OLD, BUDDY, SO ADIOS
AND WE'LL SEE YOU BACK IN
ABOUT SIX HOURS.

John Young says ALL RIGHT.
HAVE A GOOD TIME WHILE WE'RE GONE, DAVE

Man Over Radio says NOW, DON'T GET LONESOME OUT
THERE, JOHN.

Young says AND DON'T EXPECT ANY T.D.I.
UPDATES.

[Beep]

Houston says TELEGRAM, HOUSTON, 45
SECONDS TO L.O.S.
YOU'RE STILL GO FOR D.O.I.

The Narrator says D.O.I., DESCENT
ORBIT INSERTION, WOULD COME
ABOUT 180 DEGREES FROM LANDING
SITE TWO, THE PRIMARY SITE FOR APOLLO 11.
ACCORDING TO THE INEXORABLE
LAWS OF CELESTIAL MECHANICS,
THIS BURN OF THE LUNAR MODULE
DESCENT ENGINE WOULD PUT
STAFFORD, CERNAN AND SNOOPY
LESS THAN TEN MILES ABOVE THE SITE.
ONCE MORE IN MISSION CONTROL
THEY WAITED FOR WORD FROM THE MOON.
[Static]
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Man Over Radio says... THEY'RE DOWN HERE ABOVE
THE ROCKS, MUMBLING ABOUT THE BOULDERS THERE RIGHT NOW.

The Narrator says EIGHT MILES ABOVE
THE SURFACE, 35,000 FEET OVER
THE ANCIENT HILLS, THEN A
COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM.
CONTACT WITH SNOOPY WAS RE-
ESTABLISHED THROUGH CHARLIE BROWN.

Man Over Radio says COME IN TO HOUSTON, THIS IS
SNOOPY.
[Beep]

Young says RIGHT, SNOOP GO, AHEAD.
[Beep]

WE'RE DOWN ON IT, CHARLIE.
[Beep]

Young says ROGER.
I HAVE YOU WEAVING YOUR WAY UP
THE FREEWAY.

Man Over Radio says ROGER, IT'S FANTASTIC.
IT'S REALLY FANTASTIC.
[Beep]

Young says RIGHT.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says TRULY... IT'S FANTASTIC...
REALLY.

[Static]

Man Over Radio says... AND I'LL TELL YOU
GENTLEMEN, THIS, THIS... LUNAR
MODULE HAD A ROUGH BEGINNING...
BACK THERE.

Man Over Radio says BUT I'LL TELL YOU WE'RE DOWN
HERE WHERE WE CAN TOUCH THE TOP
OF SOME HILLS THOUGH.

The Narrator says THEN ONE OF THE
KEY ASPECTS OF THE MISSION.
TOM STAFFORD DESCRIBES THE
LANDING SITE SELECTED FOR APOLLO 11.

On the radio, Tom Stafford says YEAH, OKAY,
THE APPROACH AREA LOOKS SMOOTH
FROM THE ORBIT OVER THE PHOTO SHELF.
IT'S STILL UP TO 25... 20 PERCENT
IT'S DEFINITELY A CLEAR AREA, FELLOWS.
THE... AND WE HAVE A... AT
350,000 FEET.
IT SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM.
OR IF WE CUT DOWN THE WRONG
AREA... YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO
SHOVE OFF.

The Narrator says NOW IT WAS TIME TO
BEGIN THE RENDEZVOUS.
ON THIS FIRST LOW ORBIT THEY
WOULD MAKE THE INITIAL BURN.
TO PUT SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN
INTO THE PROPER PHASE
RELATIONSHIP FOR THE COMING MANEUVERS.

Man Over Radio says OKAY WE'RE BURNING... WE'RE
BURNING.

The Narrator says SNOOPY WAS NOW
READY FOR THE RENDEZVOUS
SEQUENCE TO BE PERFORMED ON THE
NEXT ORBIT.
ONCE MORE THEY ROUNDED THE
BATTERED FACE OF THE MOON.

[Static]

John Young says AH, GENTLEMEN,
IF YOU JUST SAW HERE WHAT I
DID, IT'S GOT TO BE MAGNIFICENT.
[Dialogue unintelligble]

Man Over Radio says JOHN... THE COPY'S
FANTASTIC.

The Narrator says BEFORE THE ACTUAL
RENDEZVOUS BURNS TOOK PLACE,
THE LUNAR MODULE'S ASCENT STAGE
WOULD HAVE TO BE SEPARATED FROM
THE DESCENT STAGE.
(Dramatic music plays)

The Narrator says BUT DURING THE
SEPARATION SOMETHING WENT WRONG.
SNOOPY BEGAN TO ROLL RAPIDLY.
[Dialogue unintelligble]
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says THE 50TH AND WE FEEL YOU...
TO GET ALONG.
[Dialogue unintelligble]

Man Over Radio says YEAH, OKAY...
AND WE'RE ALL SET û- HANDS ON.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says TELEGRAM, HOUSTON...
IT'S DOWN A WHILE... BUT THEY
GOT IT UNDER CONTROL.

The Narrator says IT WAS AN
UNEXPECTED SYSTEM MALFUNCTION.
STAFFORD AND CERNAN QUICKLY HAD
IT UNDER CONTROL.
IN FACT, TOM STAFFORD AND GENE
CERNAN WERE NEVER IN ANY KIND
OF DANGER, BUT FOR A FEW
SECONDS THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT.
FOR APOLLO 11 IT WOULD BE FOUND
AND CORRECTED.
NOW, THE RENDEZVOUS SEQUENCE
CAME STEP BY STEP.
IT WAS OLD HAT FOR THE VETERAN CREW.
IN GEMINI, STAFFORD HAD FLOWN
FIVE RENDEZVOUS, CERNAN FOUR
AND YOUNG THREE, SO, SNOOPY
ROSE UP FROM THE MOON TO JOIN
CHARLIE BROWN.

Man Over Radio says HEY, JOE, WE'RE ABOUT READY
TO DOCK. STANDBY.

Man Over Radio says... ABOUT FIVE FEET...
LOOK AT YOU.

Man Over Radio says HELLO, HOUSTON, SNOOPY AND
CHARLIE BROWN ARE HUGGING EACH OTHER.

Man Over Radio says ROGER THAT.
WE HEARD DOWN HERE.

The Narrator says BUT THE DAY WAS
NOT OVER YET.
THEY STILL HAD TO PREPARE THE
ASCENT STAGE AND COMMAND MODULE
FOR THEIR FINAL SEPARATION.
(Tense piano music plays)

Man Over Radio says WE'RE ALL BACK IN THE
COMMAND MODULE AND THE... IS
ALL LOCKED UP AND WE'RE READY
TO DO THIS WHEN YOU GIVE US
THE WORD.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says YEAH, WE CAN GO AHEAD AND
SEPARATE NOW, CHARLIE BROWN

Man Over Radio says OKAY, WE'LL GIVE YOU A COUNTDOWN.
WE'RE ALL SET TO GO IN SEVEN.
WE'LL GIVE YOU A FIVE COUNT.
FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, FIRE.

Man Over Radio says WE HAVE RECEIVED...
AND IT WENT RIGHT INTO THE
SUN, MAN, RIGHT INTO THE SUN.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says... OUR PEOPLE DO A GOOD JOB,
AND I'LL TELL YOU IT'S
BEAUTIFUL SO FAR.
OUR LITTLE SNOOPY WAS A REAL
WINNER.
[Beep]

From the module, a voice says WE CONCUR.
[Beep]

I THINK CHARLIE BROWN IS GOING TO STOP HERE.

The Narrator says THE NEXT DAY
APOLLO 10 STAYED IN ORBIT
AROUND THE MOON.
THE ORBITAL DEVIATIONS OF
APOLLO 10 WERE BEING DETERMINED
WITH GREATER AND GREATER PRECISION.
ON BOARD THERE WAS MORE
PHOTOGRAPHY, MORE LANDMARK
TRACKING AND NAVIGATION.
WITH EACH REVOLUTION THE
FIGURES WERE BEING PINNED DOWN
CLOSER AND CLOSER IN
PREPARATION FOR THE ARRIVAL OF
APOLLO 11.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says... THIS IS VERY INTERESTING
LOOKING...
SORT OF A LITTLE LIKE,
VOLCANOES...
[Dialogue unintelligble]
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says I SAW.

The Narrator says BUT NOW IT WAS
TIME TO HEAD HOME TO EARTH.
TRANS-EARTH INJECTION, THE ONE
BURN OF THE MISSION THAT
ABSOLUTELY HAD TO WORK.
THE BURN THAT WOULD PUSH APOLLO
10 OUT OF ITS LUNAR ORBIT.

Mission Control says EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD FOR
T.E.I.
[Static]

Man Over Radio says AH, ROGER AND WE'LL SEE
YOU ALL...
[Dialogue unintelligble]
[Static]

The Narrator says AGAIN THIS MOST
CRITICAL OF ALL MANEUVERS WOULD
TAKE PLACE BEHIND THE MOON, CUT
OFF FROM EARTHLY CONTACT.

Man Over Radio says AH, ROGER, HOUSTON, WE ARE
RETURNING TO THE EARTH. OVER.

Man Over Radio says GLAD TO HAVE YOU ON THE WAY
BACK HOME, 10.

The Narrator says FOR THE LAST TIME
APOLLO 10 WATCHED THE SAPPHIRE
CALLED EARTH, RISE OVER A
STARK, LUNAR HORIZON.
AND AS THEY HAD THROUGHOUT THE
MISSION, STAFFORD, YOUNG AND
CERNAN, SHARED WITH US THE
SIGHTS AND FEELINGS OF THEIR
VOYAGE THROUGH COLOUR TELEVISION.

Mission Control says YOU GUYS ARE REALLY HAULING
THE MAIL OUT OF THERE.

Man Over Radio says OH, YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE IT.
IT'S LIKE WE WERE SHOT STRAIGHT UP, JOE.
IT'S A FANTASTIC SIGHT.
YOU SHOT UP STRAIGHT UP...
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Mission control says YOU'RE GOING ABOUT 6,000 FEET A SECOND.

The Narrator says AS THE CREW OF
APOLLO 10 HURTLED EARTHWARD,
THEY DECIDED TO PERFORM ONE
MORE TEST.
A TEST NOT IN THE ORIGINAL
OBJECTIVES OF THE MISSION, BUT
A TEST THAT WOULD SOLVE A
PROBLEM THAT HAD BAFFLED SPACE
ENGINEERS FOR YEARS.

One astronaut shaves on board with cream and a conventional razor.

Man Over Radio says... FINALLY CAME UP WITH THE
IDEA OF USING A RAZOR AND A
BRUSH WITH SHAVING CREAM.
[Beep]

Man Over Radio says THAT'S AMAZING 10.
ABSOLUTELY.
THAT'S WHAT THE SPACE AGE DOES
FOR YOU.
[Beep]
[Dialogue unintelligble]

Man Over Radio says... HALF AN HOUR, OR A COUPLE DAYS.
THAT'S WHAT...
[Beep]

A voice says YOU GUYS REALLY LOOK GOOD.

The Narrator says DOWN FROM THE MOON
TOWARD THE COAST OF EARTH,
APOLLO 10 SPED ON ITS
INCANDESCENT PATH, TOWARD ITS
DAWN RENDEZVOUS AT SEA.

The Apollo lander zooms down in the night sky, leaving a comet-like trail.
From Australia on an animated map, a curved line reaches out to nearby
islands. Then from the lander on its ringlike float, a platform hoists the
astronauts up to a helicopter.

The Narrator says PROBLEMS HAD BEEN
MET, FACED AND SOLVED, FOR THAT
WAS THE MISSION OF APOLLO 10,
TO SORT OUT THE UNKNOWNS AND
PAVE THE WAY.

As the three leave the 'copter, a crowd of men in shirtsleeves applauds.
Then they jeave a plane wearing Leis and greet their families.

(music plays)

The Narrator says BUT AS THE MEN OF
APOLLO 10 WERE REUNITED WITH
THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS,
ATTENTION WAS ALREADY TURNING ELSEWHERE.
APOLLO 11 HAD BEEN ROLLED OUT
TO ITS LAUNCH PAD EVEN BEFORE
APOLLO 10 HAD ENTERED ORBIT
ABOUT THE MOON.
NOW, IT STOOD POINTED TOWARD A
DISTANT, LUNAR SEA.

It is shown standing on the launch pad.

[Static]

Man Over Radio says HOW MUCH WE'RE GOING TO...
IN THE FUTURE IS WELL UP TO
YOUR IMAGINATION.
[Dialogue unintelligible]

An image of the Moon fades to black. A blue NASA shield shows orbits traced
around the Moon.

Man Over Radio says WE COPY AND DOWN, EAGLE.

Man Over Radio says HOUSTON, TRANQUILITY BASE HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.

A full-screen caption reads "Next Time... Apollo 11... the Apollo Years."

Man Over Radio says ROGER, TRANQUILITY.
WE COPY YOU ON THE GROUND.
WE GOT A BUNCH OF GUYS ABOUT TO
TURN BLUE.
WE'RE BREATHING AGAIN, BACK TO LIFE.
[Beep]

A voice says THANK YOU.

[Theme music plays]

Against a shoe making the famous footprint on the powdery surface of the Moon,
the end credits roll.
(Theme music plays)

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Murray Battle.

Host, Marc Garneau

Editor, Michael Morningstar.

Footage courtesy of Johnson Space Center Jet Propulsion Lab.

Deep Space. TV Ontario 2004.

Canadian Space Agency and York University.

Man Over Radio says WE LEAVE AS WE CAME AND, GOD
WILLING, AS WE SHALL RETURN,
WITH PEACE AND HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.
GOD SPEED THE CREW OF APOLLO 17.

The return module rises from the surface of the Moon.

Man Over Radio says WE'RE ARRIVED.
WE'RE ARRIVED.
[Beep]

A Production of TV Ontario. 1997.

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