From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 1

Can We Do This?

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 1998 on HBO
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Can We Do This?
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On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union accomplishes the unthinkable – Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin has orbited the Earth. Though Alan Shepard soon achieves the same feat in the Mercury program, Sputnik and other Soviet space accomplishments show that the United States is running far behind in the space race. Suggested by Hugh Dryden and committed to by President Kennedy, the ultimate goal and finish line will be a man setting foot on the moon. This puts NASA under extreme pressure, as they must figure out how to perform EVA, rendezvous, docking, long duration and spaceflight. Nine new astronauts must also be trained. In order to complete the Gemini program, work must be done and tragic problems must be weathered.moreless

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Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

Astronaut Edward White II

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Astronaut James Lovell

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari

Astronaut Pete Conrad

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Astronaut Gus Grissom

Ben Marley

Ben Marley

Astronaut Roger Chaffee

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