History In HD: America In Space
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This film explores NASA’s development from its founding in 1958 to its preparation for a moon landing. Originally released in 1968, it is far more than an account of hardware evolution. Tracing back to the birth of American space exploration, it recounts the unshakable optimism of a time when space seemed to offer unlimited opportunities.
This was a time when the possibilities of space travel seemed endless—and when America’s domination of the space race was clear. And as the film puts it, “America stands ready for the next step: A journey to the moon.” There’s an exploration of the technology of space flight, and of the knowledge gained through space exploration. But what’s most interesting about the film is the way it places space exploration as part of a continuum of exploration and human curiosity about the sky, not just an American quest.
Still striking is the optimism of the closing lines: “America stands ready. The men are ready, the machines are ready. Man is ready for the next great step in his continuing journey: the exploration of tomorrow.”