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Houston, we have 3 new clips from the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man

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Oct 1, 2018, 3:56 PM EDT

We're about a week away from the release of Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, and Universal Pictures has let loose three distinct clips from the film. Each chronicles a different stage in America's race to the moon in the 1960s.

The first finds Neil (played by Ryan Gosling), explaining why it's so important for NASA to put a man on the moon. 

"I don't know what space exploration will uncover, but I don't think it will be exploration for the sake of exploration," he tells his superiors. "I think it'll be more the fact that it allows us to see things that maybe we shoulda seen a long time ago, but just haven't been able to until now." 

One of the men at the table offers their condolences about his daughter, a reference to the death of Karen Armstrong in 1962, due to cancer-related complications from a tumor on her brain stem. Not breaking his cool, Armstrong fires back with, "I'm sorry is there a question?" This leads to the query of whether or not his emotional state will affect the upcoming mission. 

In Clip #2, we find Neil testing our an early version of the lunar module that would eventually land in the Sea of Tranquility. However, he loses control of the device and must eject before it crashes to the ground and explodes. Even after ejecting, Armstrong is dragged across a field because of his parachute, sustaining facial cuts along the way.

This harkens back to what Neil says in the movie's trailer, "We need to fail down here, so we don't fail up there."

The last clip shows off the incredible acting chops of Claire Foy, who has taken home Emmys and Golden Globes for her performance as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's The Cown. In First Man, however, she plays an all-American figure, Janet Armstrong, wife of Neil. 

For this scene, she confronts Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler) and Ed White (Jason Clarke) after they've cut off communications with her husband. They try to assure her that everything is under control, but she insists that they're just, "a buncha boys making models out of balsa wood. You don't have anything under control!"

She insists they open up communications with Neil, or that she'll start speaking to the news crews and cameras parked on her front lawn. 

First Man shoots for the moon in theaters everywhere on Oct. 12.