IEEE BRACU Student Branch organized a technical documentary show on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. This is one of many documentaries to be shown throughout this year. The branch showed the first part of “NASA’s Greatest Missions: When We Left Earth” in the UK is a Discovery Channel documentary miniseries consisting of six episodes documenting American human spaceflight, spanning from the first Mercury flights through the Gemini program to the Apollo moon landings, the Space Shuttle, and the construction of the International Space Station.

The miniseries features interviews from Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle astronauts including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, as well as NASA officials including flight directors Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz, and Glynn Lunney, former president George H. W. Bush and long-time NBC space journalist Jay Barbree. The first episode of the series documents the start of the Space Race and the flights of the Mercury program, including John Glenn’s historic flight Friendship 7 and the potentially fatal problem with the heatshield that occurred during the second orbit.

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