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  • The Final Frontier
    Episode 26
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    The journey into space beyond the Earth and the out of the solar system is only worth it if we can find somewhere to go. The search for planets outside our own solar system has until recently been a very difficult undertaking. Astronomers had long theorised the existence of planets around other stars but it was not until the mid 19th century that they began any scientific investigation.moreless
  • Watch This Space
    Episode 25
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    The American Space Shuttle is the most advanced and complex machine ever flown, the remaining shuttles have served out their working life and are due for retirement after 30 years of service. What will replace it?
  • Galactic Enterprise
    Episode 24
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    Many believe that the high and prohibitive costs of launching people and payloads into space is due to massive government bureaucracy, over staffing, over engineering and a veiled attempt to corner the market. But some industry leaders and entrepreneurs see it differently. Many of these non governmental groups believe they can do the same job but more cheaply and more efficiently, and most believe the real way of expanding mankind into space is not just though scientific research and exploration but industrialization and above all tourism.moreless
  • The Space Age
    Episode 23
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    The “Space Age” began April 12th 1961, when Soviet Major Yuri A Gagarin first orbited the Earth in his Vostok 1 space craft. Gagarin not only rode a modified Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on his first and only space flight but he rode into the history books as well. The Soviet Union had long been in serious competition with the United States over military and technological dominance of the world. In this one momentous achievement the Soviets did both. Gagarin landed safely by parachute after ejecting from his capsule and walked into the status of national hero, a role reserved for courageous men who lead the way.moreless
  • Mars
    Episode 22
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    There is no such thing as a Martian Curse. Space flight is a hazardous undertaking; one must expect failure from time to time, what’s that? How come nearly 50% of Martian probes fail compared to the tiny percentage of failure of all other destinations combined? During the 1960’s the then USSR sent eight probes towards Mars, none made it. The USA were a little luckier three out of four flyby missions were successful.moreless
  • Deep Space
    Episode 21
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    Scientists have always been fascinated by what space is, or more importantly what it’s not and what passes through it. From the 1960’s probes were being sent aloft not to any specific target planet or moon, but to seemingly empty, between the planets, deep space.
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    Following on from the successful Russian MIR space station program and as part of the joint agreement, NASA and the Russian Space Agency began construction of the International Space Station.
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    For millennia, the mysterious travelers of the solar system Comets were thought of as omens of things to come; usually bad. In more enlightened times, comets were passed off as elegant balls of primordial ice and early planetary debris, heated by the sun to form their cometary tails.
  • Eye in the Sky
    Episode 18
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    Lyman Spitzer pushed for a space based telescope. The dream was achieved in 1990 when the Hubble Space Telescope was placed in orbit.
  • Station Keeping
    Episode 17
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    The MIR Space Station was open for business.There was a string of 5 SOYUZ TM spacecraft arrivals over two years beginning in 1986. Three were long term crews and included several cosmonauts from other countries including SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN and FRANCE. The European Space Agency ESA took advantage of the Soviet capability and began extensive training of their own scientist astronauts for long stays aboard MIR. Meanwhile the US space agency NASA did their house cleaning, re designed the solid rocket booster on the Shuttle Orbiter and on 29thSeptember 1988 Discovery lifted off returning America to space.moreless
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    The Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from Cape Kennedy January 28th 1986. It was the 25th shuttle flight and the tenth for Challenger.
  • The first space shuttle to fly was dubbed “Enterprise” this was only after the American public and in particular the science fiction fan element pressured NASA to name it after a popular TV franchises’ spacecraft.
  • Joint Efforts
    Episode 14
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    Politics is a strange animal, two super powers, 30 years of cold war, 10 years competing for the dizzying heights of space, then Detante. The two space-faring nations of the Earth agreeing to work together on a Apollo Soyuz Test Mission.
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • Pioneers & Vikings
    Episode 12
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • Lunar Antics
    Episode 11
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • 1/1/06
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • Man in the Moon
    Episode 9
    1/1/06
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • One Small Step
    Episode 8
    1/1/06
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • 1/1/06
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • Orbital Mechanics
    Episode 6
    1/1/06
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    Chronicling mankind's fascination with space and his desire to create the equipment necessary to to explore and discover other planets, 'Quest' provides an international timeline of major events and technological advancements. This series blends education with entertainment over 26 half hour themed episodes.
  • Mercury Seven
    Episode 5
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    Multiple black and white Images of the moon speeding towards the camera fascinated television viewers around the world, as a US probe slams into the lunar surface.
  • Star Voyages
    Episode 4
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    By the late 1950’s NASA’s goal of sending a man into space and returning him safely to Earth was inching ever closer to becoming a reality. Astronauts were being sought to complete the first mission inside the Mercury Shuttle, and to be successful they had to meet three main requirements: they had to fit into the cramped Mercury, and so be no larger than 5ft 11 inches; they had to have an aeronautical engineering degree, and they had to be test pilots.moreless
  • The Missile Race
    Episode 3
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    Since August 29, 1949, when the first atomic weapon was detonated by the Soviet Union, the most powerful countries in the world have been engaged in a race to obtain and design impressive nuclear arsenals in order to “level the playing field”, or strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. The United States, in particular, have been focused on developing and combining the two emerging technologies -nuclear weapons, and ballistic missiles.moreless
  • The Germans
    Episode 2
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    In furthering his desires to build an operational rocket, Von Braun joined the famous German rocket society, in 1929. Max Valier, Willy Ley and Oberth himself founded the society and it was soon joined by other enthusiasts including Dr. Walter Hohman the author of “The attainability of Celestial bodies.”
  • As we reach out into space, we also look back upon the earth and ourselves. The journey off-world that we shall see was a battle for dominance, then later for the sake of science and exploration.