Red Moon Rising

Matthew Brzezinski's story of Sputnik and the rivalries that ignited the space age.


01Khrushchev's Secret Visit20071001

In the aftermath of World War II, the USSR is determined to build a long-range missile.

However, Russian scientists at the heart of the project have bolder plans.


02Tension And Pressure20071002

Tension mounts as political pressure is brought to bear on the scientists to meet deadlines.

03Trials And Errors20071003

As rivalries among the scientists simmer, pressure increases on Khrushchev's pet designer Korolev.


04The Launch Of Sputnik20071004

The world's first man-made satellite goes into orbit.

05 LASTAmerica's Response20071005

Cold War tension increases after the successful launch.