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We Have Cleared the Tower 

With a documentary film crew watching their every step NASA prepares for the Apollo 7 mission.


Lili Fini Zanuck


Andrew Chaikin (book), Remi Aubuchon




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Himself - Host
Krista Adair Krista Adair ... Jo Schirra
Jay T. Becker Jay T. Becker ... Jim Lewis
Virginia Ellen Chappell Virginia Ellen Chappell ... Concerned Spectator
Marcelo Derst Marcelo Derst ... Documentary Cameraman (as Marcelo Durst)
Joe Farago ... Dr. Fred Kelly
Lowell Fenner Lowell Fenner ... Russ Lawrence
Keith Graham Keith Graham ... Skip Chauvin
Mark Harmon ... Wally Schirra
Holland Hayes ... Tech #1
Steve Hofvendahl ... Thomas Stafford
George Hoggard George Hoggard ... EVAC Supervisor
Jay Honeycutt Jay Honeycutt ... Launch Director
Peter Horton ... Documentary Director
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Gene Cernan


With a documentary film crew watching their every step NASA prepares for the Apollo 7 mission.

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Release Date:

12 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Episode 3, the Apollo 7 crew is being interviewed at a beach house. This is an actual house in the midst of Cape Canaveral. It has been favored for years as a retreat for astronauts and their families. Today it is used as a NASA conference center. See more »


When Walter Schirra and Deke Slayton are being filmed by the TV crew while fishing on the beach, the frontal part of the brim of Slayton's hat is sometimes up and sometimes down in subsequent shots. See more »


Wally Schirra: STC? Apollo 7. Either our rate needles are way outta whack, or we're getting some substantial winds up here
Skip Chauvin: Uh roger, Apollo 7. It's not your rate needles. You've got wind.
Wally Schirra: Okay then... I'm recommending a hold in the count... these winds appear to be way out of the mission rule parameters.
[long pause]
Wally Schirra: You copy that Skip? We're not happy about the wind situation here!
Skip Chauvin: Uh roger that, Wally. Do you mean a... possible scrub situation here?
Wally Schirra: I hope not! I just don't like the situation.
Deke Slayton: Wally, Deke ...
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Alternate Versions

Warner Brothers remastered the entire miniseries for re-release in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was enhanced to improve picture and sound quality, more saturated, and completely true widescreen. This new version was released both in Blu-Ray format and for streaming services. See more »


The Christmas Song
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole (as Nat King Cole)
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI - Capitol Music Special Markets
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