Forty years after making a giant leap for mankind, History will recount America's initial moon landing, as told by the three astronauts on Apollo 11.
Debuting July 20 at 8 p.m. (ET), Moonshot will bring viewers on the journey with the three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, who will relive their experience from their first days as trainees to the eight-day flight to the moon.
The two-hour specia combines a dramatization of the Apollo 11 flight -- featuring Daniel Lapaine as Armstrong, James Marsters as Aldrin, Andrew Lincoln as Collins -- with original NASA archival footage converted to the high-definition format, news footage from around the world-including former CBS correspondent Walter Cronkite- mission transcripts, background interviews and other source materials.
The astronauts are portrayed through scenes depicting life in space-age America. Egos clash and interpersonal dramas flare in the run-up to the historic mission as crew members size each other up, challenge each other's judgment, and argue about who will take the first step on the moon. Despite their competitive nature, the astronauts forge a bond of trust when they realize they have nobody to count on in space but themselves.
Moonshot is produced for History by Dangerous Films.