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

During his space walk Alexey Leonov used an inflatable airlock (the first spacecraft to use such a device) because the Voskhod spacecraft used air to cool it's instruments. A cabin decompression would quickly lead to an overheat and failure of the spacecraft with a likely loss of crew. Gemini used liquid cooling and regularly decompressed the cabin for spacewalks. See more »

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At the Mission Objectives briefing just after President Kennedy's commitment to a lunar landing by 1970, Chris Kraft is outlining the various steps needed to achieve the goal. To illustrate the concept of docking he uses a drawing of a Gemini spacecraft linking up with an Agena-D target vehicle. While this is how docking was actually achieved, neither of these craft had yet been designed at the time the scene is taking place. 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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Soundtracks

Beyond the Sea
Music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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