This 1971 film shows how the tools of research in near-earth space have progressed since Benjamin Franklin's time to the sounding rockets and unmanned earth-orbiting satellites of today. It pictures the type of data that was being collected by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from its space excursions and its solar, astronomical, and geophysical observatories. It also includes animated sequences. This film takes a broad look at physics and astronomy research performed in the laboratory of space - a laboratory teeming with particles, fields, streams, flares, quasars, and pulsars.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (10/01/1958 - )

Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

Space sciences
Gallagher, Charles, author of screenplay
Hughes, Charles, narrator
Headlee, Joseph, director
Headlee, Joseph, producer
Merriken, George, film editor

Film Duration: 25 min