Rocket Science (2002–2003)

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Rocket sleds scream across the New Mexico desert. Air Force pilots soar to the edge of space, and one even parachutes back, breaking the sound barrier as he does so. American astronauts ... See full summary »

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Rocket sleds scream across the New Mexico desert. Air Force pilots soar to the edge of space, and one even parachutes back, breaking the sound barrier as he does so. American astronauts prepare for their first steps into space, neck and neck with their competition in the U.S.S.R. Rocket Science is a 13 part series that details mankind's first earliest adventures in space, as told by the men and women who made it happen. Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Buzz Aldrin, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Christopher Kraft, Gene Kranz, Sy Liebergot, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan and many others, with special commentary by Andrew Chaikin and Walter Cronkite. Narrated by Graham Greene. Written by Michael Lennick

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Best space race documentary on TV
18 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the best history of the space race to the moon on TV. Completely fact based with many interviews to substantiate it's claims it starts with the beginning of rocket building to Apollo 17. No historical recreations here. That's the strength of the series. It uses a mix of historical footage, modern interviews and some computer animations to illustrates the story. It lets the facts of the story impress themselves onto the viewer. A far more convincing way to tell this story considering how well documented and how impressive the facts of the matter are.

It starts with the X plane programs and the high altitude balloon experiments. It then goes into the infancy of the NASA programs followed by the Mercury and Gemini programs. It demonstrates why all were important to the ultimate success of the Apollo program and how much work and risk was part of each program. It spends 3 episodes on the Apollo landings and the various experiments.

A really good watch and a reality check for any space exploration buff.


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