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Today Is The 46th Anniversary Of NASA Faking The Moon Landing

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for movie making."

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On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on Stanley Kubrick's moon set.

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At 10:56pm EDT, Neil Armstrong became the first actor to walk on the moon set.

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The Apollo 11 Moon Landing brought in over 500 million viewers, making the film far more successful than Kubrick's previous space film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Kubrick was a master of dynamic special effects. In this shot he used Front Screen Technology to make actor Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. look as if he's standing on the actual moon.

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A record $25.4 billion was spent on Apollo 11. In comparison, James Cameron spent a mere $200 million on his 1997 documentary Titanic.

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As well as being a genius filmmaker, Kubrick was also really good at Photoshop.

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Tragically, Apollo 11 wasn't even nominated for the Academy Award for Set Design.

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Prior to their retirement from Hollywood, the actors did a series of press junkets, including this one with presidential impersonator Richard M. Dixon.

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After the film's success with the coveted baby boomer generation, Kubrick was asked to direct five moon sequels.

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