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Blue Dot 150: Apollo 11 At The Movies: A Conversation With Rob Sitch Director Of The Dish

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The Summer of Apollo 11 continues! Find out what Dave's first and second favorite movies of all time are, spoiler alert, one of them is the topic of this show! Dave talks to Australian filmmaker Rob Sitch. His 2000 movie The Dish starred Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld and A Series of Unfortunate Events). It tells the sometimes humorous, often inspiring and always warm story of a team of radio astronomers at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia's outback who are tasked with tracking Apollo 11 on its way to and from the Moon and receiving the television broadcast of the moon walk on July 20, 1969.

Then we hear from Simon Plumpton from Wales in the UK. His YouTube Channel, lunarmodule5 is going to post an entire recreation of the Apollo 11 mission from prelaunch press conference to splashdown. Plumpton painstakingly collected mission audio and set it to state of the art computer animations as well as original broadcast footage.

 
 
 
 
 
Experiencing Apollo 11 Virtually on YouTube
 
 
 
 

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.