3, 2, 1, Lift-off! This six-part series chronicles the inside story of NASA's most epic endeavors. In "Ordinary Supermen" NASA and America's first astronauts, the Mercury Seven, are on a journey into the unknown. "Friends and Rivals" recounts the story of the nine astronauts on the Gemini mission, which rehearsed procedures important to future launches. "Landing the Eagle" details the Apollo program, the Apollo 1 disaster, the flights of Apollo 8, 9, and 10, and the tense lunar descent of Apollo 11. "The Explorers" features five successful moon landings - Apollo missions 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17, the 'successful failure' of Apollo 13, and Skylab. "The Shuttle" looks at that program, including the maiden voyage, the Challenger disaster, and the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. "A Home In Space" centers on repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, construction of the International Space Station, and the Columbia re-entry disaster of 2003. Told by the astronauts and engineers who were there, this series celebrates NASA's triumphs and tragedies, and the history of American space exploration.
Directors of photography, Rob Goldie, John Halliday, Paul Jenkins ; editors, Mark Gravil, Hugh Williams, Ryan Driscoll, Andy Worboys, Peter Parnham, Dominic Gardiner, Simon Brook, Simon Holland, Chris Wright ; film transfers, Patrick Matthews ; composer, Richard Blair-Oliphant ; conductor, Ben Wallfisch ; NASA archive team, Silvia Gederberg, Rex Ellis, Susan Phipps, John Stoll, Andrew Bush, Margaret Persinger ; consultants, Roger Launius, Chris Riley, Kris Stoever. Friendship 7: Editor, original music, Bruce Herschensohn. Debrief: editor, Bastian Wimmer. The flight of Apollo 11: editor, Bastian Wimmer ; music composed and conducted by Bernardo Segál.
Narrator, Gary Sinise; commentators, Neil Armstrong, Jay Barbree, Gene Kranz, John Glenn, Chris Kraft, Scott Carpenter, Glynn Lunney, Lowell Grissom, Jim Lewis, Frank Borman, Jim McDivitt, Gene Cernan, John Young, Jim Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, Bill Anders, Susan Borman, Valerie Anders, Bruce McCandless, Al Bean, Fred Haise, Joe Kerwin, Charlie Duke, Al Worden, Gerald Carr, Owen Garriott, Robert Crippen, Story Musgrave, Hoot Gibson, Barbara Morgan, George H.W. Bush, Ed Weiler, Jeff Hoffman, Steve Hawley, Kathy Sullivan, Loren Shriver, Bill Reeves, Milt Heflin, Kathly Thornton, Jerry Linenger, David Wolf, Scott Parazynski, Scott Altman, Mike Lopez-Alegria, Ken Bowersox, Jon Clark, Evelyn Husband, Eileen Collins. Friendship 7: Narrator, Bill Baldwin. Proud conquest: Commentators, Andre J. Meyer Jr., James V. Correale Jr., Charles W. Mathews, Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Charles A. Berry, Christopher C. Kraft Jr., Paul Haney, Elliott M. See, W.B Evans, Walter M. Schirra, Thomas P. Stafford. Debrief: Narrator, Burgess Meredith.
Originally broadcast by the Discovery Channel on June 8, 15, and 22, 2008.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; anamorphic widescreen presentation.
In English with optional subtitles in English SDH (subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired) or Spanish.
Disc 1. Part one: Ordinary supermen -- Project Mercury -- Hazards of space -- First American in space -- Kennedy's goal -- John Glenn -- The new frontier / writer, Ed Fields ; produced and directed by Mary Crisp (2008) (48 min.); Part two: Friends & rivals -- Project Gemini -- The spacewalk -- The Gemini twins -- Rendezvous -- Surviving in space -- The final mission / writer, Ed Fields ; produced and directed by Nick Green (2008) (49 min.); Special features: Highlights from the NASA film: "Four days of Gemini 4" (4 min.); Interviews from NASA's archives: Michael Collins, astronaut (4 min.), Joe Kosmo, space suit engineer/designer (3 min.); Mission clips (10 min.).
Disc 2. Part three: Landing the Eagle -- Project Apollo -- Journey to the moon -- The lunar module -- Apollo 11 -- Landing the Eagle -- A giant leap for mankind / writer, Ed Fields ; director, Richard Dale (2008) (51 min.); Part four: The explorers -- Apollo 13 -- Survival mode -- The lifeboat -- The lunar rover -- End of an era -- Skylab / writer, Ed Fields ; produced and directed by Dan Kendall (2008) (49 min.); Special features: Highlights from the NASA film: "Apollo 13: Houston, we've got a problem" (9 min.); Interviews from NASA's archives: Al Bean, astronaut (3 min.), Gene Kranz, flight director (5 min.); Mission clips (8 min.).
Disc 3. Part five: The shuttle -- Columbia -- Flying in space -- Challenger -- The shuttle's return -- Deploying Hubble / writer, Ed Fields ; produced and directed by Nick Green (2008) (48 min.); Part six: A home in space -- The future of NASA -- Saving Hubble -- The space station -- Space shuttle Columbia -- Columbia's final mission -- New frontiers / writer, Ed Fields ; produced and directed by Julian Jones, Nick Green, Dan Kendall (2008) (49 min.); Special features: Highlights from the NASA film: "Skylab: The first 40 days" (8 min.); Interviews from NASA's archives: Shannon Lucid, astronaut (3 min.), James Crocker, aerospace engineer (2 min.); Mission clips (9 min.).
Disc 4: Bonus disc: Freedom 7 / NASA (1961) (28 min.) -- Friendship 7 / produced for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by General Dynamics Corporation ; directed by John Hynd ; written by Frank Kerr (1962) (58 min.) -- Proud conquest: Gemini VII and VI / NASA (1965) (29 min.) -- Debrief: Apollo 8 / NASA ; writer, Gordon Auchincloss ; director, Lynn Lucius Moore ; producer, Clayton Edwards (1968) (28 min.) -- The flight of Apollo 11 / director, Ted Lowry ; producer, Clayton Edwards (1969) (28 min.).