National Geographic: Destination Space


America's passion for space

by demonstrating that it was

open to anyone.

They flew Christa McAuliffe,

high school teacher and mother of two,

aboard the shuttle Challenger.

And lift-off of the

and it has cleared the tower.

Much of the nation, including

McAuliffe's family and students,

watched in horror as the disaster

played out on television.

Go ahead.

RSO reports vehicle exploded

Okay, are there any forces

headed out that way?

Yes, sir, DOD also reports that

all forces have been scrambled

and they are on their way.

The world began to wonder if space

was worth the risk of human life.

Now, at the turn of the 21st century,

we find ourselves clinging to a small

outpost on the fringe of space.

And it's a tired, tattered one.

The Russian space station Mir

was built to last five years,

but has been made to serve

more than twice as long.

Mir has aged into a balky old vehicle.

Systems switch on and off

without warning.

As American astronauts would discover,

Mir was not only quirky,

it had become downright dangerous.

Some are drawn to space because

they want to learn what lies beyond-

others crave the raw experience.

Children from all walks

share this dream of reaching space,

but few have the persistence

and talent to make it a reality.

This is a moment that takes me back

to when I was about six years old

and I first decided that

I wanted to be an astronaut.

This is looking up at your rocket.

This sends shivers down my spine

every time I think about it.

NASA astronaut Michael Foale

grew up in England,

the son of a royal air force pilot

and an American mother.

While on a childhood

visit to the states,

Foale saw John Glenn's capsule

on a national tour.

From that moment,

he wanted to soar into the sky.

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Alford Van Ronkel

Alford Van Ronkel was born on July 2, 1908 in Illinois, USA as Alford Arthur Von Ronkel. He was a writer and actor, known for Destination Moon (1950), The Bamboo Saucer (1968) and Once Upon a Scoundrel (1973). He was married to Carol. He died on March 30, 1965 in Hollywood, California, USA. more…

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