- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: October 31, 1999
Recently declassified documents reveal the grand dreams that accompanied the dawn of the space age.
They are the stuff of science fiction novels: battleship-sized rockets carrying hundreds of people deep into the solar system, spaceships hitching rides on Haley's Comet, using nuclear-powered ships to send settlement colonies to other planets.
CODE NAME: PROJECT ORION reveals the grand dreams that accompanied the dawn of the space age. Recently declassified documents show that NASA had plans to go far beyond the moon. Hear from scientist Freeman Dyson, one of the most inventive physicists of his day, who worked closely on the deep-space project in the 1950s along with Los Alamos scientist Theodore B. Taylor. Dyson reveals that "our motto was, 'Mars by 1965, Saturn by 1970." Though they did not achieve their goals, the work they did was invaluable to the development of the U.S. space program.
Go to the edge of imagination with the scientists who worked on the ambitious deep-space projects of the 1950s that were, until recently, top secret.