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TAMI Presents: A Journey to the Moon through Texas

 

Two of the most famous lines to be uttered across space include the mention of a Texas city: "Houston, we've had a problem here" and "Houston, Tranquility base here, the Eagle has landed." While the dramatic launches took place at Cape Kennedy in Florida, the focal point of activity for Project Apollo was the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in Houston, Texas. It was through the MSC that the world would learn about the Apollo missions via live broadcasts and films produced by the Center. These films, featured in a new web exhibit produced by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, can now be explored at http://www.texasarchive.org/a_journey_to_the_moon/.  

Donated to the archive by Hardin-Simmons University, the films featured in the exhibit detail the technological achievements of the Apollo program to a degree that previously has not been readily available to the public. They patiently, and in some instances rather stylistically, explain how we would land on the moon and the progress NASA had made toward that goal.

“These films’ significance to Texas history, and the state's place in the space race of the 1960s, cannot be overstated,” said exhibit curator Dr. Afsheen Nomai. “While the space program as a whole was truly national in scope, it is not a stretch to say that the heart of the Apollo program was in Texas. It was at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston that manned components of the Apollo spacecraft were designed and tested, it was where the astronauts were trained and returned to after their time on the moon, and it was their lifeline to call to while in space. These films document all of these facets, some of them with an incredible amount of detail.”

In addition to the films produced by NASA at the MSC, the exhibit also includes home movies from Texas families as they watch rockets launch or visit the Center on family trips. These films capture the excitement of the space race that spread across the nation and into Texas homes. 

We hope you'll join us for a journey to the Moon through Texas!