The Space Race, and competition to land on the moon was a product of the Cold War. Not only was it an effort to prove technological superiority, but there was also a real fear on both sides that the other might place weapons of mass destruction in space.
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
September 12, 1962
Learn more about the Space Race with these videos.
1. Project Mercury DVD
America's first manned space project, Mercury flew two sub-orbital and four orbital missions to build experience in the new frontier of space. Through new digital transfers of rare film, this six-DVD set offers you a view into Mercury as never before. From a stunning new documentary to footage of development, training of the original 7 astronauts, Little Joe, development and primate flights, plus coverage of each mission including preparation, ingress, launch, onboards and recovery, this special six-DVD set is packed with rare material. Over 24 hours of material on six DVDs!
2. NASA Collector's Set: When We Left Earth DVD Set & NASA's First Fifty Years Book
For a limited time, enjoy When We Left Earth, The NASA Missions DVD Set and America in Space: NASA's First Fifty Years Book and save more than 30% off the original price (if purchased separately)!When We Left Earth, The NASA MissionsCommemorate NASA's 50th anniversary with this stunning high-definition series chronicling the inside story of the space agency's epic endeavors. From John Glenn's Mercury mission to orbit the earth, to Neil Armstrong's first historic steps on the moon, to the unprecedented spacewalks required to repair the Hubble telescope, these epic stories are shown in stunning clarity and told by the astronauts and engineers who were there.
3. From the Earth to the Moon DVD Set
Experience both the thrill and monumental achievement of space exploration with this epic miniseries, produced and hosted by two-time Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks. Chronicling the entire history of NASA's Apollo space program from 1961 to 1972, this HBO miniseries takes a fascinating look at a critical era in NASA's space program and at man's determination to set foot on the moon. Features: 12 historic episodes, re-mastered in widescreen Behind-the-scenes featurette, Special effect featurette, President John F. Kennedy's historic speech to Congress on May 25, 1961, Out of this Solar System: a look at galaxies, black holes and stars outside our solar system, History of the moon: A timeline of the USA and USSR space programs.
4. The Mighty Saturns - Saturn I and IB DVD
This remarkable 3-disc set includes newly transferred footage from the National Archives, along with engineering footage from onboard and pad cameras. Along with these remarkable images, you'll see pad work on the early Saturns from SA-1 through the ASTP mission. The set contains a 43-minute original program featuring exclusive new interviews with 5 veteran Saturn project managers and engineers (Konrad Dannenberg, Jim Murphy, Jay Foster, Ed Buckbee, and Bob Lindstrom) as well as multi-angle coverage of all Saturn I & IB launches.
5. The Mighty Saturns - Saturn V DVD
From rare footage of overcoming technological challenges in materials and techniques - to stunning digital transfers of original 35mm pad camera footage - you'll come to know the Saturn V as you've never known it before. Disc one: original program detailing the development of the Saturn V. With rare footage of the development of the engines and stages, you'll see the challenges faced and overcome by the Saturn team - and understand the scope of the task. Disc two: footage from all 13 Saturn V launches, including reels presented "as it happened," just as it was shot in the camera. Disc three: footage from pad cameras, transferred digitally from the original film - an outstanding collection of material showing the power of the moon rocket.
6. Mission to the Moon - Collector's Edition
The Space Store
The Apollo lunar landing program was a unique technological triumph, requiring thousands of individual efforts brought together to reach a single goal. The 2 DVD set, filled with 10 separate programs, details the individual technological challenges and how they were overcome to reach the moon. Produced for NASA by M.I.T., they are an extraordinarily detailed account of how man first left the Earth to travel to the Moon and return safely home. Over 5 hours of material on 2 DVDs. Contents:THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 4 - NASA program on the development of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the successful first flight of the vehicle in November of 1967.