Directed by Todd Douglas
“Apollo 11” is a documentary that compiles video and other recordings from the first space mission to land astronauts on the moon. As I watched the film, what came to mind was watching a baseball game in the 1950s. In those days, someone would hit a home run and then casually trot around the bases to home plate, shaking hands with the third-base coach and perhaps the next batter up. There was no ceremony and no celebration. There wasn’t even a change in expression. The homer was noteworthy but even more noteworthy was the restraint. It was not restraint of modesty alone, but of propriety. It was how a man should behave when he achieves the end to which he dedicated himself. Only at the final game of the World Series was boisterous celebration by the victor permitted.
In the footage of the control room at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, I saw rows of men (they seemed to be all men) in the uniform of their profession (short-sleeved whi