Sputnik Declassified

At the height of the cold war the US and Soviet Union are locked in an nuclear standoff. In October 1957, the Soviets stuned the world by orbiting the earth with the worlds first satellite, Sputnik. This in itself contributed to a shift in public opinion with regards to superpower capabilities, the US was always considered to be on top but after the launch, this was no more.

In this film Nova takes a look at the highly secretive American space program prior to Sputnik and how the US covert objectives in space only gave the impression that the Soviets were taking the lead in space technology.

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