Behind the Race to the Moon (1998)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Physical Sciences, Politics & Government, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Tracie Cooper

This documentary examines the tension, truth, and cover-ups involved in the race to set food on the moon for the first time. When the Soviet Union's space technology was more advanced than that of the United States, they surprised the world by launching the first-ever satellite -- Sputnik. Quick to respond, Americans made the space program a top priority and scrambled to be the first country to put a man on the moon. Not only was this a scientific challenge, but also a deeply political endeavor. The struggle for superiority between the communist and democratic nations was more than partially driven by the need to prove one's superiority over the other. Behind the Race to the Moon uses rare archival footage, interviews with former astronauts, and information from previously sealed files to explain the real story behind the race to the moon.




archival-footage, moon, political-tension, Soviet-Union, space-exploration, space-program, space-race