In May 1961, President Kennedy set a goal for the nation: beat the Russians to the moon, and do it within the decade. In July 1969, NASA met that goal. But no one ever defined what should happen next.
In 1969, the engineers of Mission Control assume that America's great push will continue: a moon base, shuttle, space station, manned flights to Mars... But as a growing number of political, social and economic problems vie for the nation's attention - and money - Congress, Presidents, and the American public is not so sure. Is manned space flight really worth the cost? Is it worth the risk? To some, answers to these questions remain unclear even today. But for legendary flight director Gene Kranz and the men and women of Mission Control, there is no doubt. Despite waning public support and shrinking budgets, they still have a job to do, a job where lives hang in the balance and there is no room for error. Beyond The Moon: Failure Is Not An Option 2 tells the little-known story of America's post-Apollo space program, from the point of view of the engineers of Mission Control. Through their experiences, get a first hand look at life inside Mission Control, as these driven engineers continue to push the boundaries of spaceflight from 1972 into the new century.