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Science|18 Nov, 2012|5 Comments |
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This documentary is co-produced by James Bamford, an investigative journalist and the best-selling author of ‘The Puzzle Palace’ and Emmy Award-winning producer Scott Willis. It follows the secret undertakings of The US and The USSR, who were both running parallel space programs so as to launch military astronauts on spying missions prior to the race to the moon by both the countries in the 1960s.

This documentary reveals new clues about the space programs undertaken by both of them in a desperate attempt to undermine the military and nuclear superiority of the other. The public and even the astronauts were initially not told about the main mission of the Air Force run program of the U.S., named Manned Orbiting Laboratory, disguising the orbiting spy station under the pretext of scientific research. In fact, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory was designed in a way that two astronauts could operate an array of intelligence-gathering instruments, including a telescope capable of resolving objects on the ground as small as three inches. In footage broadcast for the first time, a mock-up of the Orbiting station’s interior as well as astronauts training for different phases of the mission was demonstarted.

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  1. wolf1010 says:

    It’s really great that PBS put this on youtube. I enjoy these things very much and don’t pay for cable, just internet, so this works perfect for me. But the comments should probably be disabled. People just don’t have anything constructive or nice to say…

  2. TMTKowalski says:

    @ya1ya2ya3 Great point. Also, that proves my theory that internet makes people more stupid, not smart because individual is left alone to chose the content, information and in 90% of cases people chose fun, not something educational.@SabretoothSnowManDude, this video works fine, you probably have some problems with your network, internet connection.

  3. - Do you know it is that so many people have not viewed this video?It is probably for the same reason that I haven’t; because 01:18 into the video it stops working, though it is hard to explain why my view may have registered.What is the piont of watching only a minute and a half of very high quality video?

  4. stama9 says:

    what a fantastic documentary! PBS has some great ones.One thing that came to mind watching this was that the impressive telescope technology where 1 meter objects could be viewed from 250 km up existed 45-50 years ago (and who knows what classified surveillance tech exists nowadays) but Bin Laden still can’t be found? Please.

  5. kayAbee says:

    Yup! Parting the Red Sea, hail catching on fire as soon as it hits the ground, the first-born son of every family being killed by a paranormal force(unless they had blood on their doors), a little kid killing the biggest soldier in the Philistine army with a single rock, fire raining down from the sky and obliterating a city, Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt, the sun staying up for an entire 24-hour day. By hey, today’s computers can do all of that stuff, can’t they?

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