Thursday, February 19, 2015

Space Race : The Race for Rockets

Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present the first episode of the acclaimed BBC docudrama "Space Race - Race for Rockets”.

Wernher von Braun

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.

Sergei Korolev

In the first installment we see the results of Wernher von Braun's work on the V-2 for the Nazis at Mittelwerk and Peenemünde, and his final activities within Germany during the last years of the Second World War, as both American and Soviet forces race to capture German rocket technology. 

When the Americans gain the upper hand by recovering von Braun and most of his senior staff, along with all their technical documents and much other materiel, we see Sergei Korolev's release from the Gulag to act as the Soviets' rocketry expert alongside former colleague Valentin Glushko, and how he is set to work bringing Soviet rocket technology up to date with that of von Braun, working with what material and personnel are left after von Braun's escape to the US.

Space Race is available on DVD from

Space Race Episode One: Race For Rockets (1944–1949)

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