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Identifier: Film Collection no. 90

Scope and Contents

Joseph M. Chamberlain, chief astronomer of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium is introduced as a guest on this program, along with G. R. Pendray, a noted pioneer in American rocketry. The history of rockets and man's attempts to learn more about the earth and space by rising above the earth's atmosphere are discussed in detail. Scientists predicted that within a few years of this broadcast, rockets built on a three-stage principle would leave the earth's atmosphere carrying instruments capable of bringing back accurate pictures from space. Film material includes early attempts to launch rockets, experiments with mice in space, bicycles driven by rockets, and aerial photographs of the earth. Much of the film material was supplied by the U. S. Government.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through inter-library loan. Contact AMNH Library Spcial Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Jan. 9, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Robert Northshield, host; Mel Ferber, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Marianna Norris, writer; Joan Woodward, associate director; Grover Cole, production design; Jerome Bender, supervisor of film; Al Mifelow, program assistant; Perry Miller, film research; Frank Protzman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Dean Nelson, lighting; Dee Chandler, program coordinator.

Space, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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