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Saturn V: October 4th 1957, and the Russians take a huge leap forward in rocketry when they successfully launch Sputnik 1 - the world's first artificial satellite. Over the coming years the Soviets would continue to astound the world with their space achievements. America needs to respond - and quick! Command Module: We recount the story of the engineers who built the Apollo Command Module, a fully pressurised living space that would need to provide three men with food, water, air, power, communication, navigation and above all protection, to the moon and back.
Navigation: We tell the story of how a group of computer scientists grappled with the challenge of navigation of a round trip to the Moon back in the days when computer code and software hadn't been invented and computing power was a fraction of what it is today.
Lunar Module: The story of the engineers challenged with building what became affectionately called the Lunar Bug. A constant battle to meet the seemingly impossible demands of weight restrictions, the Lunar Module was one of the greatest engineering feats in history.
Suits: To survive outside of a spacecraft, an new space vehicle would be required - the spacesuit. Flexible enough to allow man to function, yet provide protection from the hostility of space. Two unlikely companies from the east coast took the challenge. Lunar Rover: In the final film in the series we reveal the untold story of how a very small group of engineers wont take no for an answer and convinces NASA to build what ultimately became the Lunar Rover. As with all the engineering during the Apollo program, the Lunar Rover - a spacecraft on wheels.
This is one of the best series on moon-related missions and machines that I've ever seen!
It's amazing to see how many of the people who worked intimately on those devices are still alive, and able to give us a firsthand account at how they did it.
The segments are about the Saturn V rocket, the Command Module, the Space Suit, The Lunar Lander, the guidance systems and computers, and the Moon Rover.
As an R&D scientist myself I was very disappointed; it's a great effort, and if you want to hear the voices of the Apollo engineers, get this DVD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gough
Saw this on cable and wanted to own the series. Was born in the late 1960's and was too young to remember this period of our nation's history though do vaguely remember... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bob
An interesting series looking at specific parts of Apollo. A great addition for an Apollo video library.Published 2 months ago by David B.
This is one of the best series on moon-related missions and machines that I've ever seen! I really wish they had done more of this series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fallible Human