The United States launches an aggressive plan to beat the Soviets to the moon.

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Hugh Dryden
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Andrew Chaikin ...
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James Detmar ...
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James Michael Detmar ...
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Jerome Weisner
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The United States launches an aggressive plan to beat the Soviets to the moon.

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5 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In "Can We Do This?" James Webb says that NASA will put the first American in space on May 2, 1961, referring to Alan Shepard's upcoming Freedom 7 flight. When the liftoff of Freedom 7 is shown, the date is listed as May 5, 1961. This may appear to be a mistake, but it is not. Freedom 7 was originally scheduled to launch on May 2, but this was postponed until May 5 because of thunderstorms. See more »

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During an astronaut briefing, where Deke Slayton announces the men in the room will be making moon landings, the Apollo 1 crew of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee are seen and mentioned. In fact this briefing and announcement did not occur until after the Apollo 1 fire, in which all three astronauts were killed. See more »

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Dave Scott: We have serious problems here... we're tumbling end over end up here. We're disengaged from the Agena.
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Russian National Anthem
Courtesy of Firstcom Music
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Excellent start to the excellent series
6 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most viewers watching this series probably would come in having already watched "The Right Stuff", so it's great to see the episode focus briefly on that before moving to the Gemini program. The behind-the-scenes perspective we get with NASA planning is informative in this episode, and the acting here is top notch. Stephen Root does a nice turn here in a dramatic role, and even Chris Isaak shines in his appearance as astronaut Ed White. Overall, the episode is a great introduction to the series' main focus: Apollo. It rewards both experienced space-program fans and newbies to the subject with its coverage of the purpose and reasons for the Moon landings. Look for U.S. Senator Al Franken in this episode, too, discussing the policy implications of NASA with other Presidential advisers. The "Max Peck" scene is a highlight, as we meet many of the actors/astronauts we will become familiar with in the overall series. One final thought: The writing is very good here, as it reduces technical jargon to common language for every viewer.


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