The Best Episodes of From the Earth to the Moon
Last Updated: May 20, 2019
This twelve part HBO mini-series tells the story of the United States' space program, from its beginnings in 1961 to the final moon mission in 1972. Tom Hanks served as Executive Producer and introduced each segment.
#1 - Spider
Season 1 - Episode 5
Having succeeded in getting to the moon's orbit, it was time to begin work on the Lunar Module.
#2 - Mare Tranquilitatis
Season 1 - Episode 6
Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are the crew of Apollo 11 and on July 20, 1969, Neil and Buzz take the historic "small step" onto the moon.
#3 - 1968
Season 1 - Episode 4
With all that had happened that year, 1968 looked as if it wouldn't be remembered fondly. But then Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman made the first journey toward the moon.
#4 - Can We Do This?
Season 1 - Episode 1
The Soviet Union has done the unthinkable by sending a man up to space. The United States enters the historic space race and the only way of winning is getting a man on the moon.
#5 - Apollo 1
Season 1 - Episode 2
A horrible accident occurred on January 27, 1967 onboard Apollo 1, causing the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee and it threatened to end the American space program.
#7 - We Have Cleared the Tower
Season 1 - Episode 3
After the tragic Apollo 1 fire, NASA moves forward to get Apollo 7 ready.
#8 - Galileo Was Right
Season 1 - Episode 10
Politics were the force behind going to the moon, but some actually wanted to learn something from the experience.
#9 - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Season 1 - Episode 12
The final part in the series focuses on the last Apollo mission, but also on the making of a film about the moon.
#10 - For Miles and Miles
Season 1 - Episode 9
Alan Shepard made history by becoming the first American to arrive into space, but his chance to return was denied after becoming sick. Despite that, Alan Shepard worked to make history again.
#11 - We Interrupt This Program
Season 1 - Episode 8
A disaster has occurred onboard Apollo 13, putting the lives of it's crew in doubt. While the crew's story is very well known, see how things went on the ground for those that cover the news.
#12 - The Original Wives' Club
Season 1 - Episode 11
Astronauts did whatever was asked of them to make the journey into space, despite the risks and sacrifices. But their wives also had to make some tough sacrifices.