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A Treasure Trove Of Smuggled Soviet Film And NASA’s Latest Achievements Captured In This David L. Wolpher TV Documentary Hosted By Mike Wallace On The Epic Cold War US/USSR Space Race! *Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black/White, 1961, 49 Minutes.) #TheRaceForSpace #DavidLWolper #MikeWallace #SpaceRace #SpaceAge #ColdWar #SovietSpaceProgram #Sputnik #LunaProgramme #Laika #SpaceflightFirsts #SpaceflightRecords #RocketLaunches #SpaceExploration #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
This was the first tv documentary ever nominated 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 transformed 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 successful documentary spawned a sequel, Project: Man In Space, which we also sell.)
The Space Race was a 20th-century competition between two Cold War adversaries, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), to achieve superior spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the ballistic missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations following World War II. The technological advantage demonstrated by spaceflight achievement was seen as necessary for national security, and became part of the symbolism and ideology of the time. The Space Race brought pioneering launches of artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes to the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and ultimately to the Moon. The competition began on August 2, 1955, when the Soviet Union responded to the US announcement four days earlier to launch an artificial satellite for the International Geophysical Year, by declaring they would also launch a satellite "in the near future". The Soviet Union achieved the first successful artificial satellite launch on October 4, 1957 of Sputnik 1, and sent the first human to space with the orbital flight of Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. The USSR demonstrated an early lead in the race with these and other firsts over the next few years, including the largest Earth orbital lift capability, flight durations measured in days instead of hours, the first multi-person crewed spaceflight, and the first spacewalk. The USSR lost its early lead after US president John F. Kennedy raised the stakes by setting a goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth". American spaceflight capability overtook the Soviets' with long-duration (up to two week) flights; space rendezvous and docking; working outside spacecraft; use of liquid hydrogen fuel in the Saturn family of rockets; and development of the first super heavy-lift launch vehicle, the Saturn V, large enough to send a three-person orbiter and two-person lander to the Moon. Kennedy's Moon landing goal was achieved in July 1969, with the flight of Apollo 11, a singular achievement generally considered to outweigh any combination of Soviet achievements. The USSR pursued two crewed lunar programs, but failed to develop a launch vehicle powerful enough to land one human on the Moon before the US, and eventually canceled them to concentrate on Earth orbital space stations, while the US landed five more Apollo crews on the Moon.