Millions of people around the world watched when
astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969. To celebrate
the 50th anniversary of this historic moment, Sentimental
Productions is offering a package of seven videos on the space program. These
This video contains footage of the moon landing and Neil Armstrong's declaration of "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." It shows the Space Race headlines when the Soviet Union was winning, with newsreels announcing the launch of Sputnik, the creation of NASA and the naming of the Mercury astronauts. It shows Astronaut Alan Shepherd being the first American into space and John Glenn as the first to orbit the earth. It shows President Kennedy announcing to Congress that the United States would put a man on the moon and bring him back to earth before the 1960s were over.
The Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio is also featured. One of the exhibits is the actual Gemini Eight Capsule. The years covered in the video are 1957 to 1975. It was 1957 when the Russians launched Sputnik and in 1975, an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut docked in space and shook hands. This video is approximately 45 minutes long.
Space travel and the exploration of the far reaches of the universe have advanced at an astounding pace since the early days of the Space Race in the 1950s. This edition of Timeless Trivia presents questions, answers and commentary ranging from those early days to the Space Shuttle and beyond. There are 50 questions and answers on the video, which is approximately 35 minutes long. It also comes with a CD of printed materials allowing you to print the questions and answer key. There are 25 bonus questions on the CD as well.
The Cover Story segment in this edition of Sentimental Reflections features John Glenn's historic space flight in 1962. Newsreel footage recalls the takeoff and landing as well as the hero's welcome he received in his hometown of New Concord, Ohio. There's also footage of Glenn's appearance before a joint session of Congress following his historic flight.
The Time Capsule segment in this video recalls the early days of the space program when the United States sent several chimpanzees to space before an astronaut would orbit the earth. You'll see humorous historic film footage that shows how the chimps were trained for the mission.
The Famous Places segment in this video features Huntsville, Alabama, known as Rocket City. Huntsville is the home of space camp. It's also where Dr. Werner Von Braun, the German rocket scientist who moved to the United States with his team after World War II, developed the Saturn V Rocket which took astronauts to the moon.
The Famous Places segment in this video features the popular tourist attraction where Cape Canaveral is located that's known as Florida's Space Coast. Beyond the emphasis on rockets and astronauts, we talk to city officials who discuss how the area grew with the space program. The video also shows the Atlantis Space Shuttle on display in the Kennedy Space Center Museum.
The Famous Places segment features Kennedy Space Center, the massive complex on Merritt Island that now includes 700 buildings. The area initially came to public attention in the 1950s with the formation of NASA and with the first flights of the Mercury Astronauts from what was then Cape Canaveral Air Station. Today, the Kennedy Space Center is located on 144,000 acres. Since much of the land is a restricted area, much of the site is a wildlife sanctuary.