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Moon Machines (2008)

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Moon Machines (2008) Even the most-ardent space-enthusiast will likely find something new to learn with “Moon Machines,” an excellent documentary series from The Science Channel. History has recorded the names of the 12 men who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972, but it took the hard work of more than 400,000 men and women to get them there. While there are countless documentaries about the space program focusing on the astronauts and the missions, “Moon Machines” focuses on the engineering of the equipment, rockets and other vehicles used to explore the moon.
  • Saturn V: October 4th 1957, and the Russians take a huge leap forward in rocketry when they successfully launch Sputnik 1 - the world's first artificial satellite. Over the coming years the Soviets would continue to astound the world with their space achievements. America needs to respond - and quick! Command Module: We recount the story of the engineers who built the Apollo Command Module, a fully pressurised living space that would need to provide three men with food, water, air, power, communication, navigation and above all protection, to the moon and back.
  • Navigation: We tell the story of how a group of computer scientists grappled with the challenge of navigation of a round trip to the Moon back in the days when computer code and software hadn't been invented and computing power was a fraction of what it is today.
  • Lunar Module: The story of the engineers challenged with building what became affectionately called the Lunar Bug. A constant battle to meet the seemingly impossible demands of weight restrictions, the Lunar Module was one of the greatest engineering feats in history.
  • Suits: To survive outside of a spacecraft, an new space vehicle would be required - the spacesuit. Flexible enough to allow man to function, yet provide protection from the hostility of space. Two unlikely companies from the east coast took the challenge. Lunar Rover: In the final film in the series we reveal the untold story of how a very small group of engineers wont take no for an answer and convinces NASA to build what ultimately became the Lunar Rover. As with all the engineering during the Apollo program, the Lunar Rover - a spacecraft on wheels.
  • Features:
  • Directors: Christopher Riley, Duncan Copp, Nick Davidson
  • Writers: Sara Cropley
  • Producers: Christopher Riley, Duncan Copp, Nick Davidson, Heather Walsh
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
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