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Experience Mankind's Ultimate Race
Mankind's journey into space is a story of heroism, technological achievement and the rivalry between two powers locked into a struggle of ideology and politics. FlagTower's interactive documentary describes the people, the missions, the craft and the politics behind the dramatic story of space exploration. You will see events from the points of view of both nations, including some rare Soviet film footage. Choose the area you wish to study or just sit back and watch the complete story in a spectacular documentary presentation. Superb audio-visual sequences will help you gain a true understanding of all facets of this dramatic and complex story. Explore details of spacecraft, personalities, media reports, political events and other events in the space race. View them on screen or print them out for further study. You can also listen to some of the significant speeches which sent man to the Moon. There is also a superb research tool in the shape of more than 550 mission cards giving details of the most significant manned and unmanned space launches. There are also details of the planets and the solar system, and how the use of space is transforming the world we live in. Over 30 minutes of film, 120 minutes of commentary and more than 1,000 pictures are used to tell the story of one of mankind's greatest endeavors.
A Wealth of Authentic Sights and Sounds
Get ready to blast off on a thrilling "televisual" journey through space. An interactive experience filled with sights and sounds that are out of this world. See the wonders of space through an astronaut's eyes. Hear President Kennedy's historic speech that inspired America's space efforts. Feel the tension rise as Mercury's launch countdown begins. Witness the superpowers' frantic race to dominate space.
We've searched the world's great archives - including Soviet archives only recently available - to assemble the richest collection of authentic film footage, video, photos, TV broadcasts and newspaper headlines that you can imagine. Immediately, you'll be caught up in these powerful sights and sounds, and in the unique, interactive, documentary style in which they are presented. Highly informative narratives underscore the drama of the events.
The intuitive, easy-to-use interface puts every aspect of the Space Race right in front of you. Immerse yourself in a riveting chronological account of the Space Race. Focus on a particular facet, such as the superpowers' cooperation in space. Pause to study a particular mission. You can even print details of missions or other text or images, in color, fromt he supplemental screens for leisurely study or school reports.
Minimum system - A mutlitmedia PC with a 486SX 33 MHx processor with dual speed CD-ROM drive and 8MB of memory Recommended system - a multimedia PC with a 486DX50MHz (or higher) processor, dual speed CD-ROM drive and 8MB of memory. 4MB of available hard disk space. 256 color display. Microsoft Windows version 3.1 or later. Mouse required. Headphones or speakers.
CD-ROM Today, March 1996
"These days, space shuttle landings and satellite launches are humdrum news. But a few years ago, the world regularly held its breath as the Soviet Union and the United States fought the Cold War toe-to-toe with daring (and often reckless) flights into the unexplored reaches beyond the earth's atmosphere. FlagTower's The Space Race CD-ROM is an engaging, interactive examination of that heady and courageous age."
"With its compelling presentation and Soviet film footage and photos, the disc succeeds in capturing and chronicling the politcal tensions, scientific breakthroughs, and giddy accomplishments of humanity's first decades exploring the solar system and beyond."
PC Entertainment, February 1996
"On March 18, 1965, Alexei Leonov became the first man to walk in space. Thirty years later, Leonov recalls the remarkable stroll: 'It was very silent. All I could hear was my breathing and the sound of my heart beating - the Earth looked beautiful.'
"Even though you may never have the chance to follow in Leonov's footsteps, FlagTower Multimedia does its best to recreate the intensity of these moments with The Space Race."
"Despite its wealth of information, The Space Race is remarkably easy to use, requiring you to simply point and click on the section you'd like to explore; you can also sit back and observe a guided tour from beginning to end.
"The Space Race is both a thrilling ride for space junkies as well as an excellent learning tool for those newly interested in the subject."
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