“The Moon and Beyond the Infinite”: Nick Acosta’s supercut of Apollo 11 with “2001: A Space Odyssey”

By on July 20, 2015

You know we love a good supercut here at Night Flight HQ, and since today’s the anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, we thought we’d share “The Moon and Beyond The Infinite,” which cuts together 1969 moon landing and various space footage — including NASA’s own high-def engineering footage and even some of the astronaut’s home movies — with some of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was released in 1968.

The Nerdist were kind to bring this to our attention today, and had this to day about Nick Acosta‘s awesome use of the 2001 soundtrack music:

“Johann Strauss’ The Blue Danube is used over footage of the rocket taking off, uncoupling, going in to orbit, and all of that stuff; György Ligeti’s super creepy Atmosphères is used for clips of the astronauts in deep space and going over the moon (this section features the most non-NASA footage); and finally the Richard Strauss tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra is used for shots of the actual moon landing, being truly one small step for (a) man and one giant leap for mankind.”

Thanks, and h/t: Nerdist!


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.