The First Steps in Space Exploration

The First Steps in Space Exploration

Streaming Video - 2006
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This program begins with the establishment of NASA in 1958 and explains the history and requirements of Project Mercury-the first manned orbital flight by the U.S. It covers training for high gravity and weightlessness; the development of a life-support system for space and a spaceship; the response to the flight of Yuri Gagarin; the first American manned space flight-Alan Shepard's 15-and-a-half minute suborbital flight; the series of orbital flights beginning in 1962 that tested endurance, the effects of weightlessness, the techniques of docking, rendezvous, and EVA for an Earth-Moon mission; and the preliminary surveys to determine whether a manned landing on the moon was feasible.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c1989

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