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NOVA: Astrospies [DVD] [2007]

SKU:16755085
Release Date:05/13/2008
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    Overview

    Special Features


    • Printable materials for educators
    • Access to the Nova web site
    • Described video for the visually impaired
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    NOVA: Astrospies
    It represents a dark and all but unsung side of U.S. history: though millions are familiar with the 1950s "Space Race" that pitted the United States and the Soviet Union against one another in the contest to put a man on the moon, less publicized were the countries' attempts to spy on one another by launching military- trained astronauts (known as "astrospies") into orbit. The United States built and launched a covert satellite known as MOL (for Manned Orbiting Laboratory), designed for advanced espionage and piloted by the astrospies; it incorporated a super-powered telescope capable of viewing and identifying an object as small as three inches. The Soviets, in turn, devised a station called Almaz, with like capabilities - but theirs traveled a "step beyond," by including a cannon designed to attack occupants of MOL. For decades, this history retained a 'covert' status and went largely unacknowledged among the general public; the PBS documentary NOVA: Astrospies represents the first attempt to tell the full story of these events. It features extended interviews with the participants of the original missions, a "mock-up" of MOL, a detailed exploration and discussion of the men's training, and much more. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jay O. Sanders
      Jay O. Sanders - Narrator



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