The Race for space

United States, 1959

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A history of efforts to reach out into space, the development of rockets and the space race between USSR and the USA. The work of the Russian mathematician Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1930, Dr Robert Godard, an American in 1913, and the early experiments of the German Rocket Society. Hitler and the development of the V2. The capture of German scientists by American and Russian troops and the subsequent developments leading to the launching of Satellites Sputnik I and II. Early American mistakes with the Vanguard Rocket and their final success with Explorer I some months after the Russians.

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Wolper Productions


David L. Wolper



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Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Rockets - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Rockets (Aeronautics)


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

History → History

History → Soviet Union - History - 20th century

History → United States - History - 20th century

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Outer space - Exploration

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Rockets - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Satellites

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientific satellites

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientists

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Space flight - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Space sciences

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Space sciences - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Space ships

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Short films → Short films - United States




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