Why explore space?

United States, 1962

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A thought-provoking film that raises questions in both science and social studies. What are the values of space research? How does it relate to world problems? How will new knowledge change your life? The theme is brought to life through a superbly documented historic event: the flight of John Glenn, first American to circle the Earth in space.


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Dimension Films







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Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social sciences

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Life change events

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Life change events

History → History

History → Science and civilization

History → United States - History - 20th century

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Creativity ability in science

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Discoveries (in science)

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Manned space flight

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Outer space - Exploration

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Space flight - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Space sciences - History

People → Glenn, John, 1921-

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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