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stsmithva
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posted 01-04-2011 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A four-part documentary (each part being an hour long) is airing on the Washington-area PBS station WETA starting, well, nine minutes ago.

The first episode, "From the Ground Up", will re-air a couple of times this week. It is probably airing on other PBS stations around the country.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-04-2011 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This series originally aired on the BBC in 2009 and was produced by Dangerous Films, the same company behind "When We Left Earth" and the docudrama "Moon Shot".
A definitive, primetime guide, The Space Age: NASA's Story offers a fresh look at an amazing organisation and mankind's quest to understand the universe. Blending stunningly restored footage with revealing, insightful and engaging interviews with the people who were there - the astronauts, family members and journalists - this is an epic story of the heroes, the triumphs and the tragedies of space exploration. Starting with NASA's beginnings in the Cold War, the series follows the iconic moments of space exploration from the race to get the first man in space to the first steps on the moon. And with triumph and achievement comes risk and disaster, as the series follows the white-knuckle suspense of Apollo 13 and the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. Intelligent, inspiring and accessible, The Space Age is a complete history of mankind's journey into space.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-09-2011 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the director of programming for HoustonPBS, "this won't be showing everywhere, it's not a PBS program. We had to buy it directly from the BBC."

Blackarrow
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posted 01-28-2017 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This series is being shown in the UK on a Sky satellite channel, Eden HD. I picked it up in the middle of the first episode and was treated to some spectacular high-definition Gemini movie footage. I see from earlier posts that the series was made by Dangerous Films, but I'm not entirely sure if it's the same as the Dangerous Films series "When We Left Earth." Is it an entirely different series, or just a re-working of "When We Left Earth"?

If different, is it available on Blu-ray? I ask this question having found only a DVD set on Amazon UK, and nothing on Amazon US.

Does anyone have both series on Blu-ray? If so, can you comment on "The Space Age: NASA's Story"?

Blackarrow
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posted 01-29-2017 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To avoid accusations of laziness, I've now had a chance to review the first episode (of four) of "Space Age: NASA's Story" and to compare it with "When We Left Earth." It seems that the former is a shorter version of the latter. I don't see anything in "Space Age" which isn't in "WWLE." One obvious omission from the shorter series are the various filmed observations by Neil Armstrong. I know there was some controversy about the use of those film clips, but they do add weight and credibility to the longer series.

Bottom line: if you have "When We Left Earth" you probably don't need "Space Age" although the shorter series has merit in its own right.

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