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Apollo 11 Moonwalk Montage
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See the highlights of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moonwalk in newly restored raw footage. From NASA.
The Space Race
The Space RaceVideo Clip (2:58)
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The U.S. competition with the U.S.S.R. for technological dominance spurred the U.S. on to the first-ever landing on the Moon.
JFK Sets Goal for Man on Moon
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John F. Kennedy's sets the goal of the United States to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.
Ask Steve: The Space Program
Ask Steve: The Space ProgramVideo Clip (1:34)
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In this video clip from Ask Steve, the reason for Americans interest in the Space Program was explored. It is explained that competition, and the technological wonder of the space race were some of the reasons for the Americans interest.
Buzz Aldrin on Approach to Moon
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In this Tech Effect video, brought to you by the History Channel, Buzz Aldrin talks about the landing of the lunar module during the Apollo 11 mission. He talks about how they only had fifteen seconds of fuel left when they actually landed.
Buzz Aldrin Sets Foot on the Moon
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Compare existing footage with newly restored video of Buzz Aldrin descending the lunar module ladder. From NASA.
Space: JFK's New Frontier
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On February 20, 1962, Colonel John Glenn became the first human to orbit the earth, launching the manned space program.
Space Race: Cold War Front
Space Race: Cold War FrontVideo Clip (4:21)
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A brief look at the Space Race, set to "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf.
Space Shuttle: The Last Mission
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In 2011, NASA sent a space shuttle into space for the last time. Get all the facts on the history of the U.S. space shuttle program.
Speeches & Audio (10)
First Space Shuttle Launched
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On April 12, 1981, NASA launched the world's first reusable manned spacecraft. In the minutes before takeoff, Kennedy Space Center launch control communicates with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen as they prepare to take Columbia on its first test flight into space and back.
Viking 1 Lands on Mars
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On July 20, 1976, NASA's Viking 1 becomes the first spacecraft to send back detailed pictures from the surface of Mars. A NASA control room recording captures the excitement of the moment.
Ford Phones Apollo Astronauts
Ford Phones Apollo AstronautsAudio Clip (8:14)
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On July 17, 1975, President Gerald Ford speaks by telephone to the Apollo astronauts following their rendezvous and docking with the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. This was the first joint orbital mission between the two superpowers, and it helped pave the way for further cooperation in the exploration of space.
Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
Reagan on the Challenger DisasterAudio Clip (0:43)
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On January 28, 1986, instead of delivering his scheduled State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan speaks to the American people about the space shuttle disaster that killed seven astronauts.
First American Woman in Space
First American Woman in SpaceAudio Clip (0:50)
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Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space when the shuttle Challenger takes off on June 18, 1983. The historical moment is noted in communication just after liftoff.
Monkeys Travel to Space
Monkeys Travel to SpaceAudio Clip (2:00)
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On May 28, 1959, in an experiment that would lead the way to manned space flight, the United States launched two monkeys to an altitude of 300 miles. A Voice of America news report details the travels of the two primates who survived the space flight and were the first in history to return safely to Earth.
Voyager Spacecraft 30 Years Later
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As the twin Voyager spacecraft prepare to embark on an extended mission to explore interstellar space in 2006, project scientist Ed Stone of California Institute of Technology recaps the major discoveries the Voyagers have made since their launch in 1977.
George W. Bush on the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
George W. Bush on the Space Shuttle Columbia DisasterAudio Clip (3:15)
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On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia was 16 minutes away from touchdown after completing its 28th mission when a damaged heat protection tile caused the shuttle to incinerate, killing all seven crew members. Later that day, President George W. Bush informs the nation about the terrible disaster.
Apollo 1 Tragedy
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At a press conference the day after the January 27, 1967, Apollo 1 accident, a NASA spokesperson explains the cause of the flash fire that broke out inside the cabin of the spacecraft during a launch pad test. The vehicle was being prepared for the first piloted space flight. The tragedy ended in the deaths of all three astronauts on board: Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee.
John F. Kennedy Sets Sights on Moon
John F. Kennedy Sets Sights on MoonAudio Clip (1:18)
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In an address at Rice University on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy rallies support for the race to space by telling his fellow Americans that the reason we endeavor to go to the moon is "not because it is easy, but because it is hard."
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