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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of man stepping on the moon, all manner of special programming is planned.

Among the most unusual is James Marsters as Buzz Aldrin in what turns out to be a docudrama on the Apollo 11 mission.

"Moonshot" (History, 8 p.m.) ain't no "Apollo 13" but it struggles to recount the historical fact and the imagined dialog and interpersonal relationships of the first men going to the moon.A more straightforward documentary is "When We Left Earth: the 40th Anniversary Special" (Discovery, 10 p.m.) using some of the remastered footage of the moon landing used in the network's space exploration series last year.Those who never did buy the notion that a moon landing actually happened are served by three different songs, "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?" (TruTV, 3 p.m.) an episode of "MythBusters" (Discovery, 9 p.m.), in which the team does their own investigation into whether it could have all been staged, and the film "Capricorn One" (TCM, 3:45 a.m.), in which a Mars mission is staged, starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Hal Holbrook, Sam Waterston, Telly Savalas, Brenda Vaccaro and, wait for it, O.J.

Simpson.It's the last in a day long celebration of mostly moon-mission films - 12 movies and one documentary -- on Turner Classic Movies all day.The documentary is the Oscar nominated "For All Man Kind" (8:15 p.m.), the 1989 account of Apollo missions by Al Reinart.

It's followed by Philip Kaufman's adaptation of "The Right Stuff" (10 p.m.) and "Marooned" (1:30 a.m.).

Earlier in the day, the fare includes "They Came from Beyond Space" (6 a.m.), "From the earth to the Moon" (7:30 a.m.), "First Men in the Moon" (9:30 a.m.), "Twelve to the Moon" (11:30 a.m.), "Destination Moon" (1 p.m.), "The Mouse on the Moon" (3 p.m.), the Three Stooges in "Have Rocket, Will Travel" (4:30 p.m.) the Disney film "Moon Pilot" (6 p.m.).At the 8 p.m.

hour is the oldest film and one of the most influential, Georges Melies 107-year-old, 15 minute�silent delight, "A Trip to the Moon," whose images have lived on in Smashing Pumpkins videos and Bow Tie Cinemas pre-show promos.
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