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Project Apollo: the most famous space programme to date. In the final part of our trilogy exploring American’s first steps into space, we tell the tale of the Apollo program.
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Day 20 of A Place Called Space, our 2015 advent calendar:

The year is 1961. The space race is in full flow and the USA are lagging well behind. Under mounting pressure John F Kennedy stands before congress and declares that they will put a man on the moon before the decade is through.

So begins the story of the Apollo Program. This is the third in our series of films using archive footage to look at America’s first steps into space, this time focussing on NASA’s mission to the moon.

‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.

'A Place Called Space' channels the voices of seasoned astronauts and expert scientists through the eyes of a team of talented animators, film-makers and artists, bringing you a thought-provoking gem to kick-start each day.
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