When you watch the miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” you’ll see that each episode is introduced by show producer Tom Hanks.
He delivers the segments while walking through a massive sculpture of fierce horses.
The missions to the moon were named for Apollo, who ancient Greeks say drove a chariot that pulled the sun across the sky.
The backdrop to the set where Hanks delivers his episode introductions is a foam sculpture of Apollo and the steeds pulling his chariot.
You can click here for a full look at the compelling 18-foot tall sculpture created by Michelle Millay and her team of sculptors.
Besides renting or pulling out your copy of “From the Earth to the Moon,” there are all sorts of places and ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Apollo 11.
On the Internet
You can watch Hollywood-restored NASA video of the historic moonwalks and see everything better than we could when we watched it all live back in the day.
FWIW, the NASA website has all sorts of celebratory material including the real-time playback of the NASA recordings of the entire mission.
On TV Monday
TCM is running an all day series of space and moon oriented movies. The TCM schedule for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing is here.
Channel Guide Magazine has a comprehensive TV celebration listing for moon landing anniversary programming.
Channel Guide concentrates on the Discovery networks and the National Geographic channel. The times listed are EDT, so adjust your time differences accordingly.
And, when you think about it, each episode of “From the Earth to the Moon” is about Apollo’s “chariot” and what powered it. The rockets, the horses.
If you don’t see the connection, check out this myth about Phaeton, Apollo’s son taking his father’s chariot out for the day.
PS – We miss you, Walter. We wish you were still here for the celebrations. But, in a way, we know that you didn’t miss out on any of the fun. But we still miss you. And that’s the way it is.