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Are we ever going to leave this rock we call Earth? National Geographic's Destination Space looks at our prospects for space exploration and colonization, starting with Apollo 11 and reporting on 30 years of research and missions. Through archival footage; interviews with astronauts, astronomers, and earthbound folks whose fascination fuels the public's rekindled enthusiasm; and computer graphics modeling the future lives of space travelers, we find a new optimism that is irresistibly infectious. When Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about sipping a martini while looking down at Earth or Shannon Lucid describes the sheer fun of living weightlessly, it's hard not to smile and wonder what the next generation holds. This confidence is well supported by technological reality; for every Challenger disaster and Mars orbiter loss we've had hundreds of successful but less-reported missions. This literally uplifting video is followed by a shorter but even more hopeful program: A View of Mars. Interviews with NASA administrator Daniel S. Goldin and other boosters, more slick computer graphics, and footage from prior Mars missions make the prospect of imminent exploration and not-too-distant human arrival real and exciting. Even cynics will find themselves ready to pack after viewing. --Rob LightnerFrom the Back Cover:
Cross the threshold of the final frontier as mankind embarks on the greatest adventure of all time: space travel. From heroic space pioneers to modern-day cliff-hanger missions, it's a thrilling look at humanity's quest to conquer space.
- Be there with astronaut Michael Foale as he survives a harrowing orbital collision onboard the Russian space station Mir.
- Relive the triumphs and tragedies of space exploration, and see how Cold War adversaries are now combining their expertise in projects like the floating Sea Launch platform.
BONUS PROGRAM: A VIEW OF MARS.
Watch science fiction become fact as scientists develop plans for exploring the red planet, including habitats that might one day allow people to live on Mars.
From Sputnik to state-of-the-art computer-animated visions of the extraordinary spacecraft that may explore the nearest star system, go where no National Geographic program has gone before, in DESTINATION SPACE.
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