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Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race (2014)

A documentary which maintains that the real pioneers of space exploration were the Soviet cosmonauts, telling the story of how the Russians led us into the space age.

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Michael Lachmann
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... Narrator (voice)
Yuri Gagarin ... Himself (archive footage)
Wernher von Braun ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerard De Groot Gerard De Groot ... Himself
Sergei P. Korolev ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov)
Asif Siddiqi Asif Siddiqi ... Himself
Georgi Grechko Georgi Grechko ... Himself
Natalya Korolyova Natalya Korolyova ... Herself
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
Laika Laika ... Herself (archive footage)
Alexey Leonov ... Himself
Alan Shepard ... Himself (archive footage)
Ham Ham ... Himself, the Astrochimp (archive footage)
German Titov German Titov ... Himself (archive footage)
Sergei Khrushchev ... Himself
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A documentary which maintains that the real pioneers of space exploration were the Soviet cosmonauts, telling the story of how the Russians led us into the space age.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

13 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kosmonauterna See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Narrated by Paul McGann, the eighth Doctor in the Dr. Who series. See more »

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Easy to follow documentary

The story structure and editing is quite good. Lots of very interesting and important guests give great first hand testimony.

I only have a couple minor gripes:

One is that most of the Soviet failure were either not mentioned at all, or only briefly mentioned. It gives off the impression that their accomplishments were much easier than they really were.

Second, some important historical information was left out. There is no mention of the R7 design originating from the German V2 program. When the Soviets took over Germany, they took the V2 plans and many of its engineers. Moreover, the development of the R7 began as soon as the war was over. The show makes it seem like it started much later.

I'd recommend watching the BBC's 4 part documentary called Space Race for a more accurate account.


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