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Space Race Films 1957-1965

Synopsis
14 films, including advertisements, newsreels, depicting the struggle between the US and the USSR to achieve supremacy in space
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
1957-1965
Subjects
History; Media studies; Technology
Keywords
Cold War; history of technology; newsreel films; Soviet Union; space exploration; space technology; United States of America

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
$9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
75 minutes
Year
2006

Sections

Title
V-8 & Cheerios Free Moon Rocket Kit TV Offer
Synopsis
A Redstone rocket launches into an ad with two boys who eat Cheerios, drink V-8 juice and play with a plastic moon rocket toy that drops two men on to a fanciful map of the moon. The toy was available in exchange for one V-8 label plus 1 box top from either Cheerios, Kix or Frosty O’s General Mills cereals.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel October 7th 1957: New Moon - Reds Launch First Space Satellite
Synopsis
An animation depicting the means by which the Soviet Union was able to place into orbit the first man made object, the satellite Sputnik I.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel December 22nd 1958: Atlas in Orbit - Radios Ike’s Message of Peace to the World
Synopsis
An example of newsreel propaganda praising the sophistication of America’s most powerful launch vehicle and celebrating the historic first of broadcasting a voice message from space to the world. This achievement was made more significant by the fact that this Christmas message of President Eisenhower was transmitted from earth to the Project SCORE satellite built into orbiting Atlas and then rebroadcast from Atlas/SCORE to the people of the earth further on in its orbit, originating the process known as "store and forward" which is still in use today and marking SCORE as the world’s first communications satellite.
Duration
4 mins

Title
Big Bounce, The
Synopsis
The story of Echo, history’s second communications satellite, which consisted of a huge balloon placed into orbit and off of which were bounced radio signals aimed at from earth, which technique ultimately resulted in Echo’s helping place the very first satellite telephone call.
Duration
14 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel April 6th 1961: News in Brief - Russia
Synopsis
The USSR releases films of space flights with dog, rat and mice passengers in craft launched to high altitude (not into orbit) and returned safely to the earth.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel April 13th 1961: Cosmos Pioneer - Soviets orbit Man in Space
Synopsis
President Kennedy responds to the great Soviet achievement of putting the first man into space with comments during a press conference.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel May 8th 1961: As World Watched - Spaceman hailed after US Triumph
Synopsis
America’s first man in space Alan Shepard is honoured with a medal from President Kennedy awarded in a White House rose garden ceremony, and is then paraded up Pennsylvania Avenue.
Duration
2 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel August 7th 1961: Cosmonaut - Russian Orbits Globe 17 Times
Synopsis
Gherman Titov, at a time when America had only launched two suborbital manned flights, stunned the world with his orbiting the earth 17 times in his Vostok 2 spacecraft.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel November 30th 1961: Chimp in Space
Synopsis
Eager to ensure that the Mercury-Atlas system was capable of safely sending a man into space, the chimpanzee Enos was sent into orbit to test the system first, and his success cleared the way for Astronaut John Glenn’s orbital flight.
Duration
2 mins

Title
Universal Newsreel July 12th 1962: A Day in History - Telstar Brings World Closer
Synopsis
The world’s first commercial "comsat" (communications satellite) is sent into orbit, transmits the first television picture to and from space, and becomes the vanguard of many other such telstars which enabled continuous global telephone, data, television and other communications.
Duration
3 mins

Title
Universal News July 23rd 1962: Kennedy on Telstar - Europe sees News Conference
Synopsis
President Kennedty proudly comments upon the achievements of the first commercial communications satellite as part of a press conference broadcast from the Telstar satellite to Europe.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal News September 13th 1962: Kennedy Tour - Calls for U.S. Lead in Space
Synopsis
President Kennedy takes a trip to see chief rocket scientist Werner von Braun in Huntsville, Alabama and the Mercury spacecraft, then visits Cape Canaveral, Houston Texas and Rice University where he delivers his famous "We Choose To Go To The Moon" speech, inspects the Gemini spacecraft at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, then visits the St Louis plant of McDonnell Aerospace.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Universal News May 12th 1965: Space Policeman - Pegasus Measures Action of Meteoroids
Synopsis
The Saturn I rocket launches Pegasus II into high altitude orbit to determine if meteoroids could pose a threat to astronauts travelling through deep space.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Highlights 1965: A Progress Report
Synopsis
A survey of the high points of American space achievements during a period when space programme firsts were coming rapidly as the space race continued to accelerate in tempo. Colour footage details many satellites, technological achievements, launch systems, aerial photography, weather surveillance, manned programme recovery, animations, artists renderings, charts, the Ranger series lunar mapping probes, etc.
Duration
40 mins

Distributor

Name

MediaOutlet.com

Email
service@prosperohouse.com
Web
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Address
PO Box 1432
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NJ 07002
USA
Notes
Specialises in US archival moving image and sound material, particularly vintage radio and public service films and broadcasts that have been digitally restored. Formerly known as Earthstation.com. Sale on multi-region DVD or CD.

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