Star Trek: Voyager‘s Kate Mulgrew has narrated the new Audiobook Original The Space Race, and Mulgrew remembers watching the moon landing as a teenager and the emotions associated with that viewing.
The actress was fourteen when Neil Armstrong came down the Lunar Module ladder and set foot on the moon. She was at her family’s home in Dubuque, Iowa, and like the rest of us who were alive and are old enough to remember the event, she was awestruck.
“It was a big, boisterous Irish Catholic family, and I remember clearly being stunned at the silence in that room,”, she said. “The silence that pervaded the TV room when we landed on the moon I will never forget as long as I live. The silence you could have cut with a knife.
“Obviously, much hinged on this,” she says. “And then final success of it was as if something glorious had happened to us in that room.
“And then when the words were spoken — ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ — I think I spied a tear in my father’s eye, which was to me very unsettling and also at the same time empowering. That tear told me that this was something huge. And it was.”
The Space Race audiobook is due out on Saturday, July, 20, which is the fiftieth anniversary of the historical event.
The Space Race, “in addition to Mulgrew’s narrations, incorporates current and archival interviews and recreations in its production. [It] opens with a chapter on where men and women might venture into space in years to come, and then drops back in time to the start of the space race in the years after World War II, letting the story unfold in chronological order thereafter.”
The interviews with the astronauts were “very moving and often disconcerting,” said Mulgrew. “The astronauts, who appear to be placid people, are in fact just the opposite. It is that placid demeanor that belies the passion beneath.
“They are wildly passionate about space. They are prepared to put their life on the line every time they go up there.”
To get your copy of The Space Race, which costs $19.08, head to the link located here.