If Stanley Kubrick had directed the Apollo 11 moon landing

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the very first moon landing, an artist recut the footage with Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey".

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On July 20, 1969, two American men made history: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon.

For enthusiasts, there is a veritable wealth of resources, including NASA's official Apollo 11 page, an archive of Apollo images, and the original CBS broadcast hosted by Walter Cronkite on the NASA YouTube page.

And there's fan content, too -- such as this video by illustrator and artist Nick Acosta, which is what the moon landing might have looked like had Stanley Kubrick directed it (although there are those who believe that he did), intercut with scenes and music from 1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey".

"Kubrick actually commissioned an original musical score to accompany the space travel scenes. He ended up rejecting those tracks and decided to use classical music from the 19th century. The result gives the film a timeless aspect that mid-60s musical scoring couldn't," Acosta wrote.

"Now at the 45th anniversary of mankind's last great Space Odyssey, the Apollo 11 moon landing, I have created this short film using NASA's own high-def engineering footage and the astronauts' home movies."

The result makes the moon landing look pretty creepy -- with the exception of a clip at the end from 1971 James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever". This is Acosta's way of pointing out that he thinks moon landing conspiracy theories silly.

"I wanted to juxtapose the quality of people who went to the moon and the people that made classic movies in the late 60s as opposed to the people who were up to nonsense during the same time period," he said.

 

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