A history of space flight.
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John Young ...
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Robert H. Goddard ...
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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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Spacflight in your back yard
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a kid playing with my legos i could sit there all day and watch our VHS taped copy on this series as an adult I realize now how much has come and changed in this age and also how much is so easily forgotten this show covers the truth behind a lot of REAL early day heros people who did what they did because they loved it there a lot of risks involved in testing out anything. Today's world we have robots computers back then all we had was people with real guts. It's documentary but with Stories being told often much as one would hear from one's older relatives The music behind the series is also outstanding Just enough to lend to the feelings without smothering them or going astray I believe that last episode was re filmed after the challenger's tragedy Of course a lot of the info is now past date and some of it in speaking of future possibilities as outdated as a computer running windows 3.1 in the modern world yet there is much to be gained from watching this show


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