Modern Marvels

Season 5 Episode 1

Satellites

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 17, 1997 on The History Channel
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Documentary traces the technological race to build satellites. It took the innovation of three men, including a visionary British science fiction writer and a Nazi engineer, and one of the most desperate technological races of all time to create the satellite. Former NASA officials recall the desperate early days of the space race, when America feared that Russian dominance in the heavens would have tragic consequences on the ground. See how satellites evolved into the world's most essential communications tools, and explore the stunning capabilities of modern spy "birds".moreless
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      • Narrator: Strong, enough to survive a fiery launch. Durable, enough to operate in the hostile environment of space. Powerful: enough to photograph a softball from hundreds of miles away. Their development is a grand saga of competition, politics and technology taken to the very limit. Now: Satellites, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Roger D. Launius
        NASA Chief Historian

        J. Gordon Vaeth
        NOAA, Ret., Satellite Op. Director

        Dwight D. Eisenhower (archival footage)

        Elvis Presley (archival footage)

        David S. Johsnon
        NOAA, Ret., Satellite Administrator

        Dwayne A. Day
        Policy Analyst, Space Policy Institute

        John F. Kennedy (archival footage)

        Lyndon B. Johnson (archival footage)

        Jimmy Carter (archival footage)

        Rosalynn Carter (archival footage)

        Steve Dorfman
        Chairman, Hughes, Telecom. and Space Co.

        Executive Producer: Bob Jaffe
        Supervising Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Robert Beemer
        Producer: Robert Beemer
        Associate Producer: Luke Ellis
        Editor: Glenn Takakjian
        Executive Consultant: Bill Brummel
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
        Music: Alan Ett
        Senior Production Executive: Jack Seifert
        Production Finance Supervisor: Paul Dzilvelis
        Production Manager: W. Greg Bohnert
        Post Production Supervisor: Tom Rogan
        Camera Operator: William Goderre
        Camera Operator: Mark Gouldy
        Sound Mixer: Tim Hughes
        Sound Mixer: Steve Russel
        Researcher: Rick Benavides
        Post Production Coordinator: Brady Heck
        Assistant Editor: Derrick McDaniel
        Assistant Editor: Donald Milne
        Assistant Editor: Lou LaProcido
        Assistant Editor: Jon Francis
        Online Editor: Don Burt
        Audio Post Production: Alan Ett Music Group
        Audio Post Production: Sam Kaufman
        Audio Post Production: Daniel Colman
        Graphics: Art F/X
        Assistant Production Accountant: Tracy Towers
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant to Don Cambou: Tim Shell
        Production Assistant: Keith Dols
        Production Assistant: Danya Berman
        Footage Consultant: Tim Wagner

        Special Thanks:
        Hughes Public Relations
        Laura Kelly and Kelly INC
        National Air and Space Museum
        The Oglesby Corporation
        Julie Rivier

        Series Manager: Elyse Miranda
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        1997

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