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





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
George Bartenieff ...
Hugh Dryden
Andrew Chaikin ...
'Meet The Press' Host
Hotel Clerk (as Kelly Collins)
James Detmar ...
Engineer Two
James Michael Detmar ...
Engineer Two (as James Detmar)
Jerome Weisner


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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Did You Know?


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 »


The Gemini 8 recovery forces are depicted by a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, which was not commissioned until 1983. In addition, Gemini 8 was recovered by a destroyer, not a cruiser. See more »


[the Gemini, docked to the Agena, is starting to tumble]
Dave Scott: Neal, we're in a bank...
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Season Of The Witch
Performed by Donovan
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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