The narrator twice says that the Mercury-Redstone could put an astronaut into orbit. The best the Mercury-Redstone could do was put an astronaut into a 15-minute ballistic trajectory which peaked out around 120 miles up. No orbit. See more »
I watched the series on the European Arte channel and was really impressed. I am not a fan of the docu-series mixed with actors, but in this case the method played well by filling in the wholes in documentary coverage, and by telling much more and in a more expressive manner about the principal characters in the space race and their feelings and motivations.
Certainly, there are many details that were left out, and many of the Russian viewers on the different Web fora pointed out that the presentation lacks balance and accuracy. Yet, the documentary information was extremely valuable, as all the Soviet space program was so much covered by secrecy and deformed by propaganda that I realized that despite the fact that I was living in a Communist country by that time I knew almost nothing about it.
This is a film to watch, and hopefully more will be done on the same subject and throw more light on these exciting aspects of mankind recent history.
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