This 7-minute, high definition film visualises intense emotional moments from the Apollo mission.
What is it like to stand on the moon? What does the earth look like from up there? And how clear is the view into space? On 14 December 1972 at 05:40 UTC, Cernan was the last person to leave the moon’s surface – which nobody else has walked on to this day. His words of departure can be heard in the original over the end sequence of the film. „And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”
Gravity acceleration on the moon is around one sixth of that on earth. This explains why astronauts on the moon can make comparatively “giant leaps”. We have watched hours of original recordings of the Apollo missions to be able to make this effect as accurate as possible. Even the swirling sand behaves differently. Therefore, we had to make this footage completely digital, and in doing so we gained a critical insight: In the years during which the moon landings took place, between 1969 and 1972, it was in no way possible to perfectly recreate such low gravity acceleration that can be seen in the hours of original recordings of the moon landings with the special effects that were available at the time. Strangely, this compelling evidence that the moon landings did actually take place is barely taken into account in the many discussions about it.