There’s something undeniably alluring about space. The way it feels both intimately close and desperately far; in range of our eyes, yet out from our hands. To quest beyond our atmosphere, to journey into the deep black, to discover what lies beyond is not too foreign an idea as explorers from all eras in human history have sought to answer the questions of what’s above, what’s below, and what’s beyond. In the midst of the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States, President John F. Kennedy, in a stirring speech at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, in September 1962, set forth the challenge for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to land a man on the moon. Nearly seven years later, Neil Armstrong, along with Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins, boarded the Apollo 11, rode into space, and traveled toward the moon, seeking to make that challenge a reality. This journey made legends of all involved. The landing on the moon was and still is an indelible symbol of what ingenuity and determination may accomplish when the will is strong. Inspired by the James R. Hansen book "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong", director Damien Chazelle ("La La Land"/"Whiplash") sheds all pretense as he reteams with Ryan Gosling ("La La Land") to explore Neil Armstrong, the man, not the legend, who took the infamous first step on the moon.
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