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Forty years after man's first steps on the lunar surface, reaching the Moon is still a metaphor for an impossible journey. But while the astronauts who walked on the Moon became household names, the creators of the machines that made those journeys possible have been largely forgotten. Yet, from the impossibly gigantic Saturn V rocket to the fragile “tissue paper” lunar lander, the stories of these miracles of engineering are every bit as extraordinary as those of the men who flew them.

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Forty years after man's first steps on the lunar surface, reaching the Moon is still a metaphor for an impossible journey. But while the astronauts who walked on the Moon became household names, the creators of the machines that made those journeys possible have been largely forgotten. Yet, from the impossibly gigantic Saturn V rocket to the fragile “tissue paper” lunar lander, the stories of these miracles of engineering are every bit as extraordinary as those of the men who flew them.

    • EPISODE 1

    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 years the Soviets would with their space achievements, and it was America's turn to respond.

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    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 years the Soviets would with their space achievements, and it was America's turn to respond.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    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.

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    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.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 4

    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.

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    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.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Spacesuits

    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.

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    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.

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    • 44 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    Lunar Rover

    We reveal the untold story of how that small team convinces NASA to build what ultimately became the Lunar Rover. As with all the engineering challenges during the Apollo program, the Lunar Rover represents a formidable task.

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    We reveal the untold story of how that small team convinces NASA to build what ultimately became the Lunar Rover. As with all the engineering challenges during the Apollo program, the Lunar Rover represents a formidable task.

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© Discovery Communications 2008

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