The Other Side of the Moon

“A documentary to Treasure!” - The New York Daily News.

“ I know of no astronaut who set out deliberately to discover what was in his soul, but there were some who attained a new consciousness from looking back on the Earth. There were others who found God on the Moon. And some found six-figure jobs as captains of industry.” – Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 Astronaut

“You see the Earth as a bright blue and white Christmas tree ornament in the black sky. It’s so small and so fragile – you realize that on that small spot is everything that means anything to you, all of history and art and death and birth and love.” – Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut

“Going around the back side of the moon was awesome. You can’t imagine how black it was. It got quiet for we lost radio contact with the Earth. It was cold and wet and dark. I never felt more alone in my life. I was away from all light, not even stars. Then instantly you cross that unseeable line, and there was nothing but bright white light. The brightest light you ever saw. It was like being born again.” – Stuart Roosa, Apollo 14 Astronaut

“ grappling with the consequence of “moon walking’s” human impact, there awaits the genuine accomplishment – placing the ‘historic achievement’ in the realm of the heart.” – Miles Beller, The Hollywood Reporter


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON features eight Apollo astronauts who intimately share their experience of going to the moon, describing what happened to them while they were there, and how their lives have been shaped by the experience in the 20 years after. The program to land a man on the moon became one of the greatest achievements of our civilization. Some of these astronauts went through amazing transformations. Some had trouble coping with the fame and then abrupt abandonment of public attention. In these candid portraits of the early astronauts, we learn about post-orbital depression, divorces, searches for meaning, flashes of mysticism, and discoveries of God.

A 90-minute documentary special for PBS about the transformational experiences of the Apollo astronauts who traveled to the moon, and what happened to them in the 20 years after. Winner of the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival, the Gold Apple Award at the National Educational Film Festival, the CINE Golden Eagle, and shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Broadcast on PBS, Cinemax, and The Learning Channel.