In 2009, NASA celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. This documentary
series offers audiences a unique chance to glimpse an astronaut's view of spaceflight. It
is an epic story of heroes and their breathtaking successes as they further humanity's
innate desire to explore.
The white-knuckle suspense thriller of Apollo 13's famous near-disaster was only a prelude
to darker moments ahead. The launch of the space shuttle programme promised routine trips
to earth orbit for many new astronauts, but, just when that promise seemed fulfilled,
routine shuttle launches began to bore the public. NASA responded by training a school
teacher to fly, in order to teach children lessons from space, but Christa McAuliffe's
life was tragically cut short as she and the rest of the crew perished aboard the shuttle
Challenger, leading to all missions being halted. Eventually the shuttle returned to
orbit, but, after 15 years of successful missions, disaster struck again with the shocking
loss of Columbia. It marked the beginning of the end for the space shuttle.