Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program.
Marine aviator, the first American to orbit the earth, Mercury astronaut, U.S. Senator from Ohio, and Space Shuttle crew member at 77 years old. What else need be said? John Glenn is a true Legend of Airpower.
This program captures the pivotal events in John Glenn’s life, including his humble beginnings, his 122 combat missions during WWII and the Korean War, his exploits as a Naval test pilot, and his transition to astronaut.
Covering 1969-1970, this episode takes Americans to the moon and back. Dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy on American soil, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.
The young woman from Elmira, New York with dreams of flying became the first female instructor pilot, as well as the first space shuttle commander. The STS-93 was fortunate to have her as their leader.
This program looks at astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month mission on the International Space Station, while NASA charted the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth.
In 2016, NASA embarked on a new and unique mission: sending the Osiris-REx spacecraft to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu to study the rocky space object and collect samples. This program documents the construction of one of the critical instruments on board the spacecraft.
In a collision with Earth, asteroids could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars’ worth of elements like iron, nickel, and platinum. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation – or instruments of extinction?
This program looks at how NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
The rocky planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars – were born of similar material, yet only one supports life. Were Earth’s neighbors always so extreme? Is there somewhere else in the solar system where life might flourish?
Mars was once a blue water world studded with active volcanoes. But when its magnetic field and protective atmosphere faded, it became the frozen desert planet we know today. With so many necessary elements in place, did life ever form on Mars?