National Geographic : 1992 May
On Television International Space Year: Moon Flights Revisited In taking astronauts and a watch ing world to the moon and back, the United States' Apollo missions left a complete chronicle documented on six million feet of film. From that record come these frames of the first manned explora tion beyond our home planet. From that same record Houston filmmaker Al Reinert sifted and weighed, chose and cut, spliced and edited until he had turned 3,000 hours of space adventure into two. The result, his highly praised film NASA "For All Mankind," tells the Apollo story in the astronauts' own words with dramatic film sequences, and provides what may be the ultimate sensation of flying to the moon. The National Geographic Society offers this video in celebration of the International Space Year-an unprecedented investigation of humanity's future in the space age. Earth is the focus of many ISY activities, as scientists use space technology to study global threats to our environment. Such studies owe much to a viewpoint new in human experience-the sight of a small blue ball turning in the void. As Al Reinert says, "The pictures Apollo sent back of our planet, our home, gave earthbound millions their first truly global perspective." We went to the moon and discovered earth. "FOR ALL MANKIND" IS A MAY SELEC TION OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO CLUB. CALL 1-800 -447-0647 Ballooning Over Mount Everest t seems a serene pastime, but not if your ambition is to be the first to soar by hot-air balloon over Mount Everest. On October 21, 1991, Australian Chris Dewhirst and Britons Leo Dickinson, Eric Jones, and Andy Elson braved the turbulence swirling about the world's highest peak. Choosing the method that first put humans aloft in 1783, the four balloonists confronted 65-mile-an hour winds in the jet stream, a vor tex that could suck them into the face of the mountain, unpredictable gusts near the ground, and tempera tures 69° below zero F. "I thought ballooning rated low on the adrenaline scale," said Dick inson, veteran of 2,500 skydives. "I was wrong." "THE GREAT EVEREST BALLOON RACE" WILL AIR MAY 10 ON EXPLOR ER, CABLE NETWORK TBS, 9 P.M. ET NATIONALGEOGRAPHICEXPLORERAIRS ON CABLENETWORKTBS, SUNDAYSAT9 P.M. ET . NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSPECIALSAPPEARON PBS; CHECKLOCALLISTINGS.