Episode 16: The Space Age and 30 lbs of Sand

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The Space Age almost began on September 20, 1956 — except for 30 lbs of sand, by order of President Eisenhower.

Narrator: Nancy O’Kane

Production Notes

  • Earth model created in Video Copilot Element 3D, after an original design by Andrew Kramer
  • Jupiter thrust created using RedGiant Trapcode Particular
  • Explorer I launch from Air Force footage included in Fox MovieTone News, 1958