Saturday, February 21, 2015

Space Race Episode Three: Race for Survival

Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present the third episode of the acclaimed BBC docudrama “Space Race” titled “Race for Survival”.

This series chronicles the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race up to the first landing of a man on the moon. It focuses on Sergei Korolev, the Soviet chief rocket designer, and Wernher von Braun, his American counterpart. 

The series was a joint effort between British, German, American and Russian production teams.

In the third instalment of this docudrama both the Americans and Soviets are planning manned space flight, and we see both sides preparing to do so with the development of the Vostok programme (USSR) and Project Mercury (USA). As well as basic details about the capsules and their delivery vehicles, we also see some of the selection and training of the Russian cosmonauts, and rather less of that of their counterparts in the US. After difficulties and failures on both sides, the Soviets succeed in putting Yuri Gagarin into space first, with the Americans putting Alan Shepard up shortly afterwards.

 Space Race is available on DVD from

Space Race Episode Three: Race For Survival (1959–1961)

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