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A Treasure Trove Of Smuggled Soviet Film And NASA’s Latest Achievements Captured In This TV Documentary On The Epic Cold War US/USSR Space Race!
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RACE FOR SPACE (1961, 49 Min.)
This was the first tv documentary ever nomiated for an Academy award. It earned this honor due to first time producer David Wolper's purchase of a treasure trove of never-before-seen secret Russian space program film footage, which he was expertly tranformed in this classic documentary form and anchored with Mike Wallace's expert narration. In addition, we see interviewed Esther Goddard, who was the wife and work partner of the father of modern rocketry Robert Goddard, and Major General Holger Nelson Toftoy, the man responsible for exporting the cream of Germany's World War II rocket scientists and hardware to the United States at war's end. From the first modern literature on space rocketry by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky through the launch of Sputnik to the latest still-unmanned Soviet and American space shots, this period piece glimpse into what was then the state-of-the-art of the space program is a priceless moving image document all enthusiasts of both space and media history will enjoy. (NOTE: This succssful documentary spawned a sequal, Project: Man In Space).
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