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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-17-2006 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The History Channnel is featuring NASA during its "Space Week" programming, Oct. 16-20.

Monday, October 16 @ 7pm EDT
Modern Marvels: Apollo 11

As mankind's greatest achievement of the 20th century, Apollo 11 stood as the apogee of science, exploration, flight, and technological prowess. In scarcely 10 years, America went from rocketing monkeys to landing a man on the moon. Leaving Earth on July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Mike Collins pushed the limits of skill and endurance. See and experience the flight of Apollo 11 through the eyes of the astronauts, mission controllers, engineers, and designers who made it happen.

Tuesday, October 17 @ 7pm
Modern Marvels: Apollo 13

The Apollo 13 mission was intended to be a "routine" trip to the moon. But when an oxygen tank exploded, the spacecraft was crippled and its 3-man crew placed in mortal danger. The Lunar Module, intended for deployment on the moon's surface, instead became a lifeboat. Scientists and engineers on earth fought a race against time to save the crew. We'll examine the mission, which nearly ended in tragedy, but instead was a resounding success, and in some ways became NASA's finest hour.

Wednesday, October 18 @ 7pm
Modern Marvels: ET Tech

In 2003, with Mars closer to Earth than it had been in 60,000 years, scientists launched three life-seeking planetary landers. If the long journeys prove successful, all should be hard at work on the Red Planet's surface by January 2004. NASA's Spirit and Opportunity and the European Space Agency's Beagle 2 represent the pinnacle in the history of the search for extraterrestrial life. Leading scientists, who believe life may exist beyond Earth, explain skepticism about ETs having visited Earth.

Thursday, October 19 @ 7pm
Modern Marvels: Observatories: Stonehenge to Space Telescopes

From Stonehenge to the Hubble Telescope, man has always been a species of stargazers. Unforgettable film footage and expert accounts reveal the facts of astronomy's most mind-boggling discoveries.

Friday, October 20 @ 7pm
Modern Marvels: Satellites

Strong enough to survive their fiery launch into orbit, sophisticated enough to provide life-saving images or relay tens of thousands of phone calls at the same time. By monitoring weapons systems and troop movements, these "eyes in the sky" may be the difference between security and annihilation. From the futuristic visions of a British sci-fi writer to creations of a German rocket designer for the Nazi war machine to the Cold War technological race, we review the satellites that link our world.

Friday, October 20 @ 8pm
How William Shatner Changed the World

You've got a cell phone at one ear, an iPod at the other. You know that Blackberry is now a verb and Spam is not only canned meat. But just how did we get here? Blame William Shatner--yes, that William Shatner--Captain Kirk. We'll boldly go where few have gone before to reveal how scientists, inspired by the series, would revolutionize medicine and are surpassing the far-out vision of the future foreshadowed in Star Trek in the 1960s. From cell phones to computers to even leading-edge medical advancements, this 2-hour special explores how those sci-fi inventions have now permeated everyday life as we know it. Hosted and narrated by Shatner and based on his book, I'm Working on That, we'll meet the brightest minds of Silicon Valley and the Trek-inspired inventions that have help change the world.

For more information see: www.history.com/space

mjanovec
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posted 10-19-2006 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone else see the History's Channel show about Apollo 13 (as part of their Man, Moment, Machine series...or is it Man, Machine, Moment)?

It was a fairly well done documentary, but appeared a little rougher in comparison to the fine documentaries they put together for Gene Kranz (Failure Is Not An Option 1 and 2). Granted, they had a great deal of input from Kranz for those earlier documentaries. For the Apollo 13 documentary, there were some simple errors here and there, such as saying "Gene Anders" was the third crew member of Apollo 8. And they appeared to use some of the roughest-looking stock footage around...they could have benefitted greatly by picking up a Spacecraft Films DVD! In general, however, it seems like it was an okay job of the telling the story...even if it lacked a little of the emotion and awe of previous efforts.

My favorite Apollo 13 documentary is still the "Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back" that was aired on PBS in the early 90s. It came out on DVD a few years ago and is still the best overall telling of the Apollo 13 story. It's much longer (over 90 minutes, I believe) and goes into greater detail. Plus, I think the major players in the mission tell their story with greater emotion. To me, this documentary is more exciting than the motion picture. If you haven't seen this one yet, you owe it to yourself to find a copy.

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posted 10-19-2006 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman48263   Click Here to Email spaceman48263     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I felt the actors were trying to play the actors in the Apollo 13 movie. I kept looking for Tom Hanks not the real Apollo 13 crew.

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