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19 Films Attesting To The Struggle Between The US & The USSR To Achieve Supremacy In Space Packed Into 1 All Regions DVD!
*3/26/14: Updated with "Biography (CBS): Wernher Von Braun", "UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL AUGUST 18TH 1955: AIR DEFENSES", "UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL MARTH 19TH 1959: PROJECT ARGUS 'GREATEST EXPERIMENT': 3 A-BLASTS IN SPACE", "UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL MAY 13TH 1965: MOSCOW" AND "Charlie's Atlas"!
*7/21/13: Updated to produce the separate new title, The Race For Space DVD 1961 Secret Soviet Films, with the remaing 14 features produced on a single low cost All Regions DVD!
BIOGRAPHY (CBS): WERNHER VON BRAUN (23 Min., B&W)
The mother of all TV biography documentary series gives its standard-setting treatment to the mastermind of Germany's World War II rocketry program, which resulted in the production and deployment of the V-1 and V-2 guided missile systems, and who later came to head up America's rocketry effort.
CHARLIE'S ATLAS (3 Min., Color, Early 1960s)
Cook Electric Company commissioned this short film to tout the Atlas booster that they were a contractor involved in producing.
V-8 & CHEERIOS FREE MOON ROCKET KIT TV OFFER (1960, B&W, 0:59)
A Redstone rocket launches us into an ad with two boys who eat Cheerios, drink V-8 juice and play with a plastic moon rocket toy that drops two men onto a fanciful map of the moon, which toy was available in exchange for one V-8 label plus 1 box top from either Cheerios, Kix or Frosty O's General Mills cereals.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL AUGUST 18TH 1955: AIR DEFENSES (1955, B&W, 1:25)
The Nike missile is profiled as part of the nation's air defense system.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL OCTOBER 7TH 1957: NEW MOON - REDS LAUNCH FIRST SPACE SATELLITE (1957, B&W, 0:45)
An animation depicting the means by which the Soviet Union was able to place into orbit the first man made object, the satellite Sputnik I.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL DECEMBER 22ND 1958: ATLAS IN ORBIT - RADIOS IKE'S MESSAGE OF PEACE TO WORLD (1958, B&W, 3:38)
A classic example of newsreel propaganda at its most crafted, touting the sophistication of America's most powerful launch vehicle and celebrating the historic first of broadcasting a voice message from space to the world. This achievement was made more significant by the fact that this Christmas message of President Eisenhower was transmitted from earth to the Project SCORE satellite built into orbiting Atlas and then rebroadcast from Atlas/SCORE to the people of the earth further on in its orbit, originating the process known as "store and forward" which is still in use today and marking SCORE as the world's first communications satellite.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL MARTH 19TH 1959: PROJECT ARGUS 'GREATEST EXPERIMENT (1959, B&W, 1:01)
"The greatest scientific experiment ever conducted" was, according to this newsreel, the detonation of 3 nuclear bombs in the fall of 1958 some 300 miles above the earth which were launched from the American guided missile ship Norton Sound while stationed in the South Atlantic ocean atop 3 Viking missiles as part of Project Argus.
THE BIG BOUNCE (1960, TECHNICOLOR, 14:23)
The extraordinary story of Echo, history's second communications satellite, which consisted of a huge balloon placed into orbit and off of which were bounced radio signals aimed at from earth, which technique ultimately resulted Echo's helping place the very first satellite telephone call.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL APRIL 6TH 1961: NEWS IN BRIEF - RUSSIA (1961, B&W, 0:53
The USSR releases films of space flights with dog, rat and mice passengers in craft launched to high altitude (not into orbit) and returned safely to the earth.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL APRIL 13TH 1961: COSMOS PIONEER - SOVIETS ORBIT MAN IN SPACE (1961, B&W, 0:30)
President Kennedy responds to the great Soviet achievement of putting the first man into space with comments during a press conference.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL MAY 8TH 1961: AS WORLD WATCHED - SPACEMAN HAILED AFTER U.S. TRIUMPH (1961, B&W, 1:50)
America's first man in space Alan Shepard is honored with a medal from President Kennedy awarded in a White House rose garden ceremony, and is then paraded up Pennsylvania Avenue.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL AUGUST 7TH 1961: COSMONAUT - RUSSIAN ORBITS GLOBE 17 TIMES (1961, B&W, 1:13)
Gherman Titov, at a time when America had only launched two suborbital manned flights, stunned the world with his orbiting the earth 17 times in his Vostok 2 spacecraft.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL NOVEMBER 30TH 1961: CHIMP INTO SPACE (1961, B&W, 1:38)
Eager to ensure that the Mercury-Atlas system was capable of safely sending a man into space, the chimpanzee Enos was sent into orbit to test the system first, and his success cleared the way for Astronaut John Glenn's orbital flight.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL JULY 12TH 1962: A DAY IN HISTORY - TELSTAR BRINGS WORLD CLOSER (1962, B&W, 3:17)
The world's first commercial "comsat" (communications satellite) is sent into orbit, transmits the first television picture to and from space, and becomes the vanguard of many other such telstars which enabled continuous global telephone, data, television and other communications.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL JULY 23RD 1962: KENNEDY ON TELSTAR - EUROPE SEES NEWS CONFERENCE (1962, B&W, 1:17)
The president proudly comments upon the achievements of the first commercial communications satellite as part of a press conference broadcast from the Telstar satellite to Europe.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL SEPTEMBER 13TH 1962: KENNEDY TOUR - CALLS FOR U.S. LEAD IN SPACE (1962, B&W, 2:24)
The President takes a trip to see Chief rocket scientist Werner von Braun in Huntsville, Alabama & the Mercury spacecraft, then visits Cape Canaveral, Houston Texas and Rice University where he delivers his famous "We Choose To Go To The Moon" speech, inspects the Gemini spacecraft at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, then visits the St Louis plant of McDonnell Aerospace.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL MAY 13TH 1965: MOSCOW (1965, B&W, 1:33)
The Soviets display during a parade at Red Square marking the 20th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War their first-ever showings of their solid-fueled missiles, and do so in great numbers.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL MAY 27TH 1965: SPACE POLICEMAN - PEGASUS MEASURES ACTION OF METEOROIDS (1965, B&W, 1:11)
The mighty Saturn I rocket launches Pegasus II into high altitude orbit to determine if meteroids could pose a threat to astronauts travelling through deep space.
HIGHLIGHTS 1965: A PROGRESS REPORT (1965, COLOR, 39:40)
An excellent must-see survey of the high points of American space achievements during a period when space program firsts were coming hot and heavy as the space race continued to accelerate in tempo. Beautiful color footage details many satellites, technological achievements, launch systems, aerial photography, weather surveillance, manned program recovery, animations, artists renderings, charts, the Ranger series lunar mapping probes, and so much more
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