In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, for me ten of the most exquisite minutes ever put on film, from any movie. This is just a taste — see this on the biggest screen you have access to, preferably in a very big movie theater, and preferably in 70mm. The impact of this won’t be anywhere the same, but will do in the meantime and the music’s always lovely.

The president recalled that as a boy living in Hawaii, he would perch on his grandfather’s shoulders and watch the space capsules land in the Pacific Ocean. “We’d go out and we’d pretend like they could see us as we were waving at folks coming home,” he said. “And I remember waving American flags and my grandfather telling me that the Apollo mission was an example of how Americans can do anything they put their minds to.”