NOVA "Astrospies" on WXXI-TV

NOVA "Astrospies" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 8:00pm

After being selected for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program, MOL's first crew prepares for their intensive training program. Pictured (l-r): Al Crews, Richard Truly, Richard E. Lawyer, James M. Taylor, Francis G. Neubeck, Michal J. Adams, Lachlan Macleay and John L. Finley.

Credit: Courtesy of NARA

NOVA probes the untold story of the elite corps of clandestine astronauts who were never told of the true purpose of their training program.

While NASA astronauts were captivating the world with the Apollo lunar landings, the U.S. was engaged in a top-secret military manned space program. Bamford travels to Russia to reveal the secrets of the Soviet response — the prototypes of the “Almaz” military space stations that, if deployed, might have led to a Cold War showdown in outer space.

NOVA "Astrospies" airs Tuesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

This program is offered with Descriptive Video (DVi), which provides concise descriptions of the sets, scenery, costumes, action, and other important visual elements between the dialogue of the program.