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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-24-2006 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The BBC series is airing in two parts on the National Geographic Channel beginning June 4:
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Two nuclear superpowers reach for the stars in an effort led by a former Nazi scientist and a Soviet prisoner.

Follow Wernher von Braun as he escapes Nazi and Soviet forces to lead U.S. development of rocket technology. The genius rocket scientist also proves to be a brilliant escape artist, as he evades would-be killers to surrender his research and scientists to U.S. forces.

Then, hear the untold story of Sergei Korolev, the Soviet scientist who suffers as a political prisoner and almost single-handedly makes the Russian space program a reality. Denounced by his colleagues, Korolev nearly dies in a brutal Siberian gulag, but lives to eventually be honored as a hero of the Soviet Union.

Thanks to recently declassified documents from the Soviet Union and the United States, we can see the space race as it really was. Veiled behind a desire to reach the heavens, we can now see that the race to space was really an attempt by two superpowers to develop nuclear-capable missiles. Behind this wall of secrets lies a world where scores of Soviet scientists burn to death during a single rocket mishap, and Astronauts ride unpredictable rockets skyward. Both Soviet and U.S. advances stun the world as the first satellites, animals, and people pierce the atmosphere for the first time, and safely—and sometimes not-so-safely—orbit the Earth.

See what it really took to put a man on the moon, and how one small step for man required one giant leap in science and technology.


NGC has a mini site for the show:

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/spacerace/

FFrench
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posted 05-24-2006 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read the book that accompanied the series not too long ago:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060845538/sr=8-1/

and found it a good read too.

Paullywoggles
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posted 05-24-2006 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paullywoggles   Click Here to Email Paullywoggles     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had seen the program. I thought it was done quite well.

Paul

Kirsten
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posted 05-24-2006 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will it only be airing in the US or on the European National Geographic Channel as well ?

BTW: For those interested, I still have the 4 part BBC series on my DVD hard disk recorder and can put it on DVD for you ...

All the best, Kirsten

gliderpilotuk
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posted 05-24-2006 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An excellent series. Available on DVD from the BBC also.

Paul Bramley

TrueNorth
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posted 05-24-2006 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TrueNorth   Click Here to Email TrueNorth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's also on National Geographic Canada on Friday.

John

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posted 06-03-2006 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's definitely worth watching - a nice summary of a rarely-wold story. If you're on the flight-patch of the European Grab Bag you can watch it on DVD...

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