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Robert Pearlman

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posted 11-02-2007 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NOVA release
Fifty years ago, the launch of Sputnik I stunned the globe and spurred a surge in science education and innovation that changed our world forever. But was Sputnik I really a shock to America's leaders, and how close was the U.S. to getting into space first? This Tuesday, join NOVA as we draw on previously classified documents to tell the real story behind the opening chapter in the space race in "Sputnik Declassified."

In "Sputnik Declassified," NOVA probes the prehistory of the Space Age, examining what makes Earth orbit so difficult to achieve; why the superpower rivalry in the wake of World War II made spaceflight attainable for the first time in history; and how a worldwide civilian science effort called the International Geophysical Year served as the occasion for both Sputnik I and the American response.

"Sputnik Declassified" will premiere Tuesday, November 6 at 8PM ET/PT on most PBS stations (check your local listings).

And for more Sputnik features, visit our companion website.

Lunar rock nut

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posted 11-03-2007 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This should be awesome. I can hardly wait.


Richard Easton

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posted 11-12-2007 11:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was an interesting program. However, it's a bit strange that they interviewed five people from Von Braun's team and no one from Project Vanguard.


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posted 11-12-2007 11:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for art540   Click Here to Email art540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a typical format - a successful Explorer launch and a failed Vanguard effort. A little balance would have shown earlier Redstone failures. It might have explained Vanguard was a superior performing vehicle and a forerunner of satellite rocket designs.

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