Declassified: Sputnik (Part 1/6)
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NOVA reveals an astonishing behind-the-scenes story of the politics and personalities that collided over the earliest efforts to get America into space, long before the founding of NASA. Anticommunist witch-hunts drove some of the nations most talented rocketry pioneers out of the country even as we welcomed Wernher von Braun and his former Nazi colleagues. With help from Walt Disney, von Brauns vision of future space travel swiftly captivated U.S. TV watchers. But even as he became the first media star of the Space Age, von Brauns attempts to build space probes were hobbled by inter-service rivalries.