"Failure Is Not An Option"
Decades ago, the Soviet Union and the United States, already engaged in the Cold War, became locked in a fierce battle to travel to the moon first -- no matter what the cost. Join the filmmakers in this documentary exploration of that contest, which spurred both countries to innovate and push for technological advances to bring man to outer space.
"Failure Is Not An Option" Commentary on the program from NASA Mission Control Flight Director Gene Kranz.
The Space Race was an informal competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, as each side tried to match or better the other's accomplishments in exploring outer space. It involved the efforts to explore outer space with artificial satellites, to send man into space, and to land him on the Moon.
The Space Race effectively began after the Soviet launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. The term originated as an analogy to the arms race. The Space Race became an important part of the cultural, technological, and ideological rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Space technology became a particularly important arena in this conflict, because of both its potential military applications and the morale-boosting social benefits.