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Rocket Men

America’s first astronauts, the Mercury Seven. From left to right: M. Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Gus Grissom, Jr., Walter M. Wally Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Donald K. Deke Slayton.
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America’s first astronauts, the Mercury Seven. From left to right: M. Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Gus Grissom, Jr., Walter M. Wally Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Donald K. Deke Slayton.

Airs Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

This is the story of man's giant leap into the unknown. "Rocket Men" is an inspirational portrayal of the triumphs and tragedies punctuating the first 50 years of NASA's manned missions. From the pioneering Mercury launches to the daring Gemini project, the program reveals the epic behind the scenes struggle that ultimately carried men to the moon.

Charting an adventure that culminates in the majestic space shuttle and the missions of today, "Rocket Men" goes beyond the hardware to focus on the men and women who are prepared to lay their lives on the line in the name of exploration. Beautiful sequences capturing the thrilling magic and mystery of a journey into space give audiences an astronaut's view of a rocket ride into orbit.

A Dangerous Films production in association with BBC Worldwide for Sony Pictures. Producers Michael Robins, Mike Kemp, Tim Goodchild, Peter Parnham. Writer/Director/Executive Producer Richard Dale.