NASA's 1962 Movie Explains Rocket Stages with Clever Illustrations

'The Mastery of Space' will take you back to the early days of the space race.
Derya Ozdemir

Humanity has come a long way over the years, and amazingly, we had the equipment, for the most part, to document our endeavors with movies, books, and series. This educational film, The Mastery of Space, which was produced by NASA in 1962, offers a journey in time back to the early days of the space race with the accompany of minimalist explanations of rocket stages.

The Mastery of Space features early astronaut footage and includes Alan Shepard, the first American in space, in Freedom 7, and John Glenn, the third person and the first American to orbit the Earth by circling it three times in 1962, in Friendship 7. You can daydream about the old days as NASA explains the goals of the Project Mercury manned space program and shows the early designs with clever and minimalistic illustrations.

Moreover, it goes into details on how NASA rockets are constructed, so the whole film serves both as a historical document and an invaluable source for engineers. If you're in the mood for watching something vintage and feeling nostalgic, The Mastery of Space will definitely do the trick. 

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