July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong lands on the Moon. His words “This is one small step for man, but a great leap for mankind” have become part of history. But what we don’t know at that moment is the decisive role played in this feat by a NASA station located in a small Spanish town of Fresnedillas de la Oliva.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of man’s lading on the Moon, next Sunday, July 21st at 22:00, HISTORIA exclusive premiere of “Estación Apolo”, the new HISTORIA Channel documentary production, made in association with producer 100 Balas (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), which reveals the decisive role, and hitherto practically unknown, that Spain played in following the trajectory of Apollo 11. Using never-before-seen footage and interviews with Spanish personnel who worked at the Madrid station, the television channel addresses this eminent feat from a new and unprecedented perspective.
This is not the story of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. It’s the tale of José Manuel and Carlos, the Spanish technicians of the Apollo Station, who were responsible for controlling communications between Earth and Apollo 11 at the same time as the Eagle, the lunar module of the NASA spacecraft, touched down on the lunar surface. They were the first to hear Armstrong’s, “the Eagle has landed (the Eagle has landed)” and to see this image: the module landing on the surface of our satellite. This is their untold story.
“Estación Apolo” boasts the collaboration of a team of experts in scientific communication. The screenplay for the documentary is by Jose A. Pérez Ledo (“Órbita Laika”) and Jesús Mancebón (“Desafía tu mente”), while Pérez Ledo himself is responsible for his direction with Aitor Gutiérrez (“Órbita Laika”). “Estación Apolo” tells the story of this space station, the installation that NASA had in the Madrid town of Fresnedillas de la Oliva, and that guaranteed contact and communication with astronauts when Houston, because of the position of the planet, could not do what.
“The arrival of man on the Moon has been studied from multiple perspectives but perhaps one of the most original, and most unknown approaches is the role played by Spain in the achievement of this milestone. Using unpublished footage and testimonies from employees of the Apollo Station, HISTORIA analyzes this historical moment on the occasion of the 50th anniversary “, Carolina Godayol, General Director of The History Channel Iberia.
The premiere of “Estación Apolo”, on Sunday, July 21st at 22:00, is part of the Special – 50 years on the Moon, an exclusive program that also includes the documentary “The Nazis and the Moon Landing” on Monday July 22nd at 22:00 and “Moon Landing: The Missing Tapes” on Monday July 22nd at 23:00, productions which reveal never-before-seen audios, images and footage that reveal the incredible story of mankind’s greatest leap.