In memory of Neil Amstrong, WXXI-TV presents two documentaries highlighting space and his incredible journeys.
On Monday, August 27 at 8 p.m. join us for Space Shuttle: A Horizon Guide. It was three decades ago that the first space shuttle, Columbia, was launched. It was such a triumph of technology, engineering and organization that it's easy to forget the program was primarily the product of an economy drive. The disposable Apollo missions had cost billions. A reusable craft was deemed more expedient. The Shuttle story has been characterized by incredible triumphs, but blighted by devastating tragedies - and the BBC and Horizon have chronicled every step of its career. This unique and poignant Horizon Guide brings together coverage from three decades of programs to present a biography of the shuttle and to ask what its legacy will be. Will it be remembered as an impressive chapter in human space exploration, or as a fatally flawed white elephant?
Immediately following at 10 p.m. WXXI-TV presents Apollo 17: The Untold Story of the Last Men on the Moon. On the 25th May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the resources of our nation and launched Project Apollo - the greatest technological undertaking in the history of mankind. But in 1972, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. The final moon landing occurred in December 1972. APOLLO 17: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE LAST MEN ON THE MOON recounts that historic voyage.