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NOVA: Astrospies

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It represents a dark and all but unsung side of U.S. history: though millions are familiar with the 1950s "Space Race" that pitted the United States and the Soviet Union against one another in the contest to put a man on the moon, less publicized were the countries' attempts to spy on one another by launching military- trained astronauts (known as "astrospies") into orbit. The United States built and launched a covert satellite known as MOL (for Manned Orbiting Laboratory), designed for advanced espionage and piloted by the astrospies; it incorporated a super-powered telescope capable of viewing and identifying an object as small as three inches. The Soviets, in turn, devised a station called Almaz, with like capabilities - but theirs traveled a "step beyond," by including a cannon designed to attack occupants of MOL. For decades, this history retained a 'covert' status and went largely unacknowledged among the general public; the {@PBS} documentary {#NOVA: Astrospies} represents the first attempt to tell the full story of these events. It features extended interviews with the participants of the original missions, a "mock-up" of MOL, a detailed exploration and discussion of the men's training, and much more. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Starring: Jay O. Sanders as Narrator

Directed By: Director: C. Scott Willis
Producer: James Bamford
Producer: C. Scott Willis
Screenwriter: James Bamford
Cinematographer: Neil Barrett
Composer (Music Score): Jonathan Mitchell
Editor: Geoff Gruetzmacher
Associate Producer: Michael Dolan
Associate Producer: Lan Trinh
Sound/Sound Designer: Jonathan Mitchell

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Studio: WGBH/NOVA

Release Date: 13 Nov 2019

Run Time: 56

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV18052673

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