The Space Age: NASA’s Story: From The Ground Up
Airs Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"The Space Age: NASA's Story" offers a fresh look at an amazing organization 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, this four-part 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.
"From The Ground Up" - Examining the massive challenges to get the first man in space, this episode shows how, despite many setbacks and six epic flights later, the astronauts proved the most important component of any NASA mission would be a human being.