Moon Machines, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSaturn 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.||44:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCommand 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.||44:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNavigation||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.||44:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLunar 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.||44:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSpacesuits||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.||44:38||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLunar 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.||44:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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This mini-series is excellent for the serious space enthusiast. It's the only one of it's kind. It forgoes the conventional space race documentary and delves into the backstory of exactly how we made it to the moon. Fascinating "inside baseball" for the space buff.
Great archival footage & interviews captures the drama of the Space Race era.
Fly Me to the Moon
I'm impressed that seemingly difficult and complicated concepts such as Inertial Guidance Systems can be explained in such a way that make that interesting. Or how a mutli-staged rocket worked so well to send 3 men, a quarter-million miles from the earth to the moon. We've seen the Astronauts talk about going into space, but what about the other engineers, scientists that made the machines that got us to the moon. This series does a fantastic job of explaining how the machines that got us to the moon worked.