A history of space flight.




1987   1986   1985  


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Series cast summary:
Martin Sheen ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Frank Borman Frank Borman ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Scott Carpenter Scott Carpenter ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Gerald P. Carr Gerald P. Carr ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Eugene Cernan ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Michael Collins ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Charles Conrad Charles Conrad ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Gordon Cooper Gordon Cooper ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Robert L. Crippen Robert L. Crippen ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Walter Cronkite ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Scott Crossfield Scott Crossfield ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Walter Cunningham Walter Cunningham ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Krafft A. Ehricke Krafft A. Ehricke ...  Himself - German rocket scientist 4 episodes, 1985-1987
John Glenn ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Christopher Kraft Christopher Kraft ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Gene Kranz Gene Kranz ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Gentry Lee Gentry Lee ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
John M. Logsdon John M. Logsdon ...  Himself (author) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Jim Lovell ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
George Nelson George Nelson ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Gerard K. O'Neill Gerard K. O'Neill ...  Himself (author) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
James E. Oberg James E. Oberg ...  Himself (author) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Sally Ride ...  Herself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Roald Sagdeev Roald Sagdeev ...  Himself (Soviet space scientist) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Wally Schirra Wally Schirra ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Russell Schweickart Russell Schweickart ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Robert Seamans Robert Seamans ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Alan Shepard Alan Shepard ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Hugh Sidey Hugh Sidey ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Deke Slayton Deke Slayton ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Marcia Smith Marcia Smith ...  Herself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Robert Voas Robert Voas ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Tom Wolfe ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Chuck Yeager ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
John Young ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Dwight D. Eisenhower ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Robert H. Goddard Robert H. Goddard ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
John F. Kennedy ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Sergei P. Korolev Sergei P. Korolev ...  Himself (Soviet space scientist) (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Christa McAuliffe Christa McAuliffe ...  Herself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985-1987
Wernher von Braun ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1985-1987


This 4-part documentary miniseries covers the history of manned and unmanned space-flight, from the late 1800s through the mid-1980s. The first episode, "Thunder in the Skies", begins with the theories of the Russian schoolteacher Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, followed by the liquid-fueled rocket experiments of the American scientist Robert Goddard. The Nazis in World War II construct the V-2 ballistic missile, and after the war German scientists such as Krafft Ehricke and Wernher von Braun come to the United States to continue their rocket work. Meanwhile, the experimental X-series aircraft being tested at Edwards Air Force Base fly closer and closer to the edge of space. But the Soviets beat the United States into space through the efforts of the mysterious "Chief Designer", Sergei Korolev. The United States must play catch-up; they abandon the slow progress of the X-planes in favor of missiles, and NASA and Project Mercury are born. The second episode, "The Wings of Mercury", looks at ... Written by yortsnave

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

WETA, WYES See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Alternate Versions

After the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January 1986, the 4th episode of this 4-part mini-series was redone to include footage and interviews about the disaster. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Spacflight in your back yard
7 January 2006 | by wretched-4See all my reviews

As a kid playing with my legos i could sit there all day and watch our VHS taped copy on this series as an adult I realize now how much has come and changed in this age and also how much is so easily forgotten this show covers the truth behind a lot of REAL early day heros people who did what they did because they loved it there a lot of risks involved in testing out anything. Today's world we have robots computers back then all we had was people with real guts. It's documentary but with Stories being told often much as one would hear from one's older relatives The music behind the series is also outstanding Just enough to lend to the feelings without smothering them or going astray I believe that last episode was re filmed after the challenger's tragedy Of course a lot of the info is now past date and some of it in speaking of future possibilities as outdated as a computer running windows 3.1 in the modern world yet there is much to be gained from watching this show

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed