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It would be five years before astronauts landed on the moon, on July 20, 1969 .Jules Verne penned "From the Earth to the Moon" in 1865, prophesying three U.S. astronauts rocketing from Florida to the moon.George Melies' 1902 silent classic "A Trip to the Moon" had a rocket ship landing in the eye of the man in the moon. It's no wonder that the moon landing seemed like the stuff of movies -- in another Kubrick production, some conspiracy theorists claimed it was one -- but the truth of the landing was intertwined with cinema.The astronauts on board Apollo 11 carried multiple film cameras with them, including two 16mm cameras and several 70mm Hasselblad 500s.The moon landing inspired films that greatly expanded the realm of science fiction and began an ongoing dance between the space program and the movies."In that void, that huge universe, there's not many things to fight, unless you do 'Star Wars' and there's an alien living there".As has been often said, we went to the moon and ended up seeing the Earth more clearly. For Kubrick, glued to the Apollo 11 broadcast 50 years ago, that was literally true.
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