A history of space flight.
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 Narrator 4 episodes, 1985
Frank Borman ...
Scott Carpenter ...
Gerald P. Carr ...
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Charles Conrad ...
Gordon Cooper ...
Robert L. Crippen ...
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Scott Crossfield ...
Walter Cunningham ...
Krafft A. Ehricke ...
 Himself - German rocket scientist 4 episodes, 1985
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Christopher Kraft ...
Gene Kranz ...
Gentry Lee ...
John M. Logsdon ...
 Himself (author) 4 episodes, 1985
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George Nelson ...
Gerard K. O'Neill ...
 Himself (author) 4 episodes, 1985
James E. Oberg ...
 Himself (author) 4 episodes, 1985
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Roald Sagdeev ...
 Himself (Soviet space scientist) 4 episodes, 1985
Wally Schirra ...
Russell Schweickart ...
Robert Seamans ...
Alan Shepard ...
Hugh Sidey ...
Deke Slayton ...
Marcia Smith ...
Robert Voas ...
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John Young ...
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 Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985
Robert H. Goddard ...
 Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985
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 Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985
Sergei P. Korolev ...
 Himself (Soviet space scientist) (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985
Christa McAuliffe ...
 Herself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985
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 Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985
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This 4-part documentary miniseries covers the history of manned and unmanned space-flight, from the late 1800s through the mid-1980s. The first episode, "Thunder in the Skies", begins with the theories of the Russian schoolteacher Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, followed by the liquid-fueled rocket experiments of the American scientist Robert Goddard. The Nazis in World War II construct the V-2 ballistic missile, and after the war German scientists such as Krafft Ehricke and Wernher von Braun come to the United States to continue their rocket work. Meanwhile, the experimental X-series aircraft being tested at Edwards Air Force Base fly closer and closer to the edge of space. But the Soviets beat the United States into space through the efforts of the mysterious "Chief Designer", Sergei Korolev. The United States must play catch-up; they abandon the slow progress of the X-planes in favor of missiles, and NASA and Project Mercury are born. The second episode, "The Wings of Mercury", looks at ... Written by yortsnave

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Excellent overview of space exploration and rocketry.
31 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This accomplished documentary aired on PBS stations back in 1985 and would certainly be worth a repeat viewing now, perhaps on Discovery or The Learning Channel. Martin Sheen's eloquent yet spare narration (written by filmmaker Blaine Baggett) perfectly complements the superb imagery. As a longtime sci-fi fan and space aficionado, I remember being riveted by this one. An excellent musical score. Worth a look!


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