...and then "some clown invented the printed circuit."
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During the 1950's, Wernher von Braun
served as technical adviser for three space-related television films produced by Disney: Man in Space
, Man and the Moon
and Mars and Beyond
.Man will Conquer Space Soon!
The three-part Disney television series aired on the ABC network, and was based on a series of articles which had appeared across eight issues of Collier's Weekly
from 1952-1954, "detailing Wernher von Braun's plans for manned spaceflight.
Edited by Cornelius Ryan, the individual articles were authored by such space notables of the time as Willy Ley, Fred Lawrence Whipple, Dr. Joseph Kaplan, Dr. Heinz Haber, and Wernher von Braun
. The articles were illustrated with paintings and drawings by Chesley Bonestell, Fred Freeman, and Rolf Klep, some of the finest magazine illustrators of the time."
Those articles can be seen online as viewable pdfs:
* March 22, 1952: Man will Conquer Space Soon!
/ Can also be seen here.
* October 18, 1952: Man on the Moon
* October 25, 1952: More about Man on the Moon
* February 28, 1953: World's First Space Suit
* March 7, 1953: More about Man's Survival in Space
* March 14, 1953: How Man will Meet Emergency in Space Travel
* June 27, 1953: The Baby Space Station: First Step in the Conquest of Space
* April 30, 1954: Can We Get to Mars? / Is There Life on Mars?
More on the von Braun / Disney collaboration.
Men Into Space
From non-fiction articles to educational PSA's to science fiction:
Between September 30, 1959 to September 7, 1960, an American science-fiction television series was broadcast on CBS which depicted future efforts by the United States Air Force to explore and develop outer space. It only ran for a single season and each episode is 22-24 minutes long.
The show is remembered for its strong efforts towards scientific accuracy -- even though they did depict sound in space. (Remember, this aired in the post-Sputnik era, but prior to Yuri Gragarin's ride in the Vostok 3KA spacecraft.)
"...38 episodes followed Col. Edward McCauley (played by William Lundigan) through a variety of space situations, using him as a viewpoint character while the astronauts he worked with dealt with breakthroughs and problems. In that sense there was a certain similarity to what would become the Mercury program — we can assume this is exactly what the producers had in mind — but in its relatively realistic view of the dangers of these missions, it also harked back to the era of the rocket plane, when test pilots flew the X-15 and its X-series predecessors to new speed and altitude records."
Some of von Braun's designs were used as props or settings. The show also used the Lockheed Space Station concept.
1: Moon Probe
2: Moon Landing
3: Building a Space Station
4: Water Tank Rescue
5: Lost Missile
7: Space Trap
9: Edge of Eternity
12: Christmas on the Moon
13: First Woman on the Moon
14: Tankers in Space
15: Sea of Stars
16: A Handful of Hours
18: Caves of the Moon
19: Dateline: Moon
20: Moon Cloud
22: Dark of the Sun
23: Verdict in Orbit
24: Is There Another Civilization?
25: Shadows on the Moon
26: Flash in the Sky
27: Lunar Secret
28: Voice of Infinity
29: From Another World
30: Emergency Mission
31: Beyond the Stars
32: Mission to Mars
33: Moon Trap
34: Flare Up
35: Into the Sun
36: The Sun Never Sets
37: Mystery Satellite
38: Flight to the Red Planet
Synopses of all episodes are available at IMDb