Saturday, December 27, 2014

Retro Saturday: Debrief: Apollo 8

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: US National Archives YouTube channel.

Forty-fix years ago today, Apollo 8 returned from its trip to the Moon. It was the first time in history that a spacecraft had orbited humans around the Moon and returned them to Earth.

This week's Retro Saturday is a 1969 NASA film titled Debrief: Apollo 8. The film is narrated by Burgess Meredith, who at the time was well-known for his recurring role as the villainous Penguin on the recently cancelled campy Batman TV series.

Generally considered one of the most accomplished actors of the 20th Century, he was blacklisted in the 1950s due to the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings because his name had appeared in a right-wing publication called Red Channels which alleged he was a Communist.

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