First Man strives to make science and history right

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Space suits from the Apollo missions.Paige Bradley

I was born when the United States landed on the moon for the first time. I grew up with these pictures and have respect for astronauts. NASA has been a source of innovation and a beacon of inspiration for decades. As we the 50th For the anniversary of the Apollo missions, I appreciate movies like "Hidden Figures" and "First Man" that give a deeper insight into what really happened, and into the lives and personal stories behind the missions. "First Man" strives to get the technical details right and to share the triumphs and struggles of the people involved.

The studio recently invited journalists to the Kennedy Space Center for the movie "First Man." Paige Bradley made the trip and had the opportunity to watch an early screening of the film, visit the Kennedy Space Center, and meet with the producers, directors, consultants, and actors involved in the film.

Apollo mission space capsule.Paige Bradley

Ryan Gosling plays the role of Neil Armstrong. He said that he knew very little about the history of the moon landing or about Neil Armstrong when he was first approached about the project. Then he read First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by Jim Hansen – the book on which the film is based. Gosling said, "When I got Jim's books, I was overwhelmed by how little I knew – how extraordinary the story really was."

Gosling also said that he was inspired by the fact that the personal stories of Neil and Janet – his wife during the Apollo missions – and her family were the main roles for the project. This feeling was noticed by Rick and Mark Armstrong when they met with Ryan as well. The two sons of Neil Armstrong had dinner at a restaurant in Santa Monica with Ryan. They told how impressed they were with the questions he posed. However, they were even more impressed that his questions developed and became more enlightening as the conversation progressed. They said it was clear that Ryan wanted to do the story right. Ryan would not have accepted the project without the approval of Rick and Mark.

Mark said that the movie has a big emotional impact on him. The performances of Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy as his parents are very good. He explained that if everything comes together – with the sound and the score – the result is amazing. Rick agreed and said that Claire's performance as his mother was just right.

Apollo missiles exhibited at the Kennedy Space Center.Paige Bradley

Rick and Mark were also asked the crucial question, "If Neil Armstrong lived today, would he like this movie?" They found he cared about technical accuracy when he saw films and documentaries about the Apollo missions, whether they had the right wheels for a particular vehicle, or whether a person was wearing a watch that was not available at the time. According to his sons, as long as a movie does the technical points correctly, Neil would understand the artistic license of the story around it. They said that they believe that Neil would be worth the effort made to ensure that "First Man" is technically correct.

That's at least partially the case where Bill Barry comes into play. Barry is NASA's chief historian and has led the project to make sure the details are accurate. When it comes to the reality of NASA and the space program in the 1960s, he feels that "First Man" communicates these details well.

Barry talked about the perception that NASA had unlimited budget, unlimited resources, and unlimited support, pointing out that all of this is not true. He said during a panel event that the film reminded people that public support for the space program was never very big. He found that it was usually below 50 percent and rose only 50 percent during the first moon landing just over 50 percent. By 1966, NASA had a budget of about 4 percent of the federal budget, but fell dramatically after 1966 and was significantly smaller until the Apollo mission.

He also noted that the astronauts themselves were considered to be almost superhuman. They were immaculate. Their families were perfect. All that was just the marketing hype around them. The reality was that the astronauts were under tremendous stress. Many have paid a heavy price for lost friendships and broken marriages.

In the end, Barry admits that this is a movie, not a documentary. There are certainly parts that are more dramatic or areas where an artistic license is granted. He explained, however, that the benefit of a movie like this is that it at least opens the conversation. People will ask, "How exactly is the movie?" And this provides an opportunity to talk about the difference between the movie and what actually happened. In the end, it drives interest and curiosity for the Apollo missions – and that's a good thing.

How is the movie itself? Paige said the movie is awesome and she recommends everyone to see her. I'm a big NASA geek myself and one of my favorite movies was "The Right Stuff". I look forward to seeing "First Man" – especially because it has the seal of approval from Neil Armstrong's surviving sons and Chief Historian from NASA.

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Space suits from the Apollo missions.Paige Bradley

I was born when the United States landed on the moon for the first time. I grew up with these pictures and have respect for astronauts. NASA has been a source of innovation and a beacon of inspiration for decades. As we the 50th For the anniversary of the Apollo missions, I appreciate movies like "Hidden Figures" and "First Man" that give a deeper insight into what really happened, and into the lives and personal stories behind the missions. "First Man" strives to get the technical details right and to share the triumphs and struggles of the people involved.

The studio recently invited journalists to the Kennedy Space Center for the movie "First Man." Paige Bradley made the trip and had the opportunity to watch an early screening of the film, visit the Kennedy Space Center, and meet with the producers, directors, consultants, and actors involved in the film.

Apollo mission space capsule.Paige Bradley

Ryan Gosling plays the role of Neil Armstrong. He said that he knew very little about the history of the moon landing or about Neil Armstrong when he was first approached about the project. Then he read First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by Jim Hansen – the book on which the film is based. Gosling said, "When I got Jim's books, I was overwhelmed by how little I knew – how extraordinary the story really was."

Gosling also said that he was inspired by the fact that the personal stories of Neil and Janet – his wife during the Apollo missions – and her family were the main roles for the project. This feeling was noticed by Rick and Mark Armstrong when they met with Ryan as well. The two sons of Neil Armstrong had dinner at a restaurant in Santa Monica with Ryan. They told how impressed they were with the questions he posed. However, they were even more impressed that his questions developed and became more enlightening as the conversation progressed. They said it was clear that Ryan wanted to do the story right. Ryan would not have accepted the project without the approval of Rick and Mark.

Mark said that the movie has a big emotional impact on him. The performances of Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy as his parents are very good. He explained that if everything comes together – with the sound and the score – the result is amazing. Rick agreed and said that Claire's performance as his mother was just right.

Apollo missiles exhibited at the Kennedy Space Center.Paige Bradley

Rick and Mark were also asked the crucial question, "If Neil Armstrong lived today, would he like this movie?" They found he cared about technical accuracy when he saw films and documentaries about the Apollo missions, whether they had the right wheels for a particular vehicle, or whether a person was wearing a watch that was not available at the time. According to his sons, as long as a movie does the technical points correctly, Neil would understand the artistic license of the story around it. They said that they believe that Neil would be worth the effort made to ensure that "First Man" is technically correct.

That's at least partially the case where Bill Barry comes into play. Barry is NASA's chief historian and has led the project to make sure the details are accurate. When it comes to the reality of NASA and the space program in the 1960s, he feels that "First Man" communicates these details well.

Barry talked about the perception that NASA had unlimited budget, unlimited resources, and unlimited support, pointing out that all of this is not true. He said during a panel event that the film reminded people that public support for the space program was never very big. He found that it was usually below 50 percent and rose only 50 percent during the first moon landing just over 50 percent. By 1966, NASA had a budget of about 4 percent of the federal budget, but fell dramatically after 1966 and was significantly smaller until the Apollo mission.

He also noted that the astronauts themselves were considered to be almost superhuman. They were immaculate. Their families were perfect. All that was just the marketing hype around them. The reality was that the astronauts were under tremendous stress. Many have paid a heavy price for lost friendships and broken marriages.

In the end, Barry admits that this is a movie, not a documentary. There are certainly parts that are more dramatic or areas where an artistic license is granted. He explained, however, that the benefit of a movie like this is that it at least opens the conversation. People will ask, "How exactly is the movie?" And this provides an opportunity to talk about the difference between the movie and what actually happened. In the end, it drives interest and curiosity for the Apollo missions – and that's a good thing.

How is the movie itself? Paige said the movie is awesome and she recommends everyone to see her. I'm a big NASA geek myself and one of my favorite movies was "The Right Stuff". I look forward to seeing "First Man" – especially because it has the seal of approval from Neil Armstrong's surviving sons and Chief Historian from NASA.

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