Well for some time we have been saying that there is a Secret Astronaut Corps 'out there'...but today I was sent an email showing the upcoming NOVA
program called "ASTROSPIES"
Tuesday, February 12 at 8 p.m.
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary. Broadcast in HD where available.
Millions remember the countdowns, launchings, splashdowns, and
parades as the U.S. raced the USSR to the moon in the 1960s. But few
know that both countries also ran parallel space programs, whose
covert goal was to launch military astronauts on spying missions. In
this program, NOVA delves into the untold story of this top-secret
space race, which might easily have turned into a shooting war in
Coproduced by investigative journalist James Bamford, acclaimed
best-selling author of The Puzzle Palace and Emmy Award-winning
producer Scott Willis, "Astrospies" uncovers new clues about the
tensest period of the Cold War, when the U.S. and USSR were on the
verge of war and desperate for intelligence on each other's nuclear
Here's what you'll find online:
Watch the Program
"Astrospies" will be available to view online starting
Meet eight astronauts from the Manned Orbiting Laboratory
The Race Today
Historian Asif Siddiqi discusses the space programs of China,
India, and other new players, and their impact.
Space Race Time Line
Examine turning points in the heated competition between the U.S.
and USSR to dominate space.
A surveillance-image specialist examines photos of Iraq, North
Korea, and other political hotspots.
Also, a video preview, Links & Books, the Teacher's Guide, and more: