Talk:Space Race (TV series)

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Great fun to watch, but very inaccurate. This might be a good place to collect the numerous mistakes. Here are a few to start. DonPMitchell 04:42, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

1. A small point: Korolev's name is mispronounced badly, and inconsistantly. Proper Russian pronounciation is something like "kar ah LOW(f)". Faint f at the end, very short "y" sound after the L.

2. Korolev did not spend the war in a gulag. He was there a short time and then, was transfered to house arrest, working on rocket projects with Glushko.

3. Tupulov, the aircraft designer, rescued Korolev. It is highly unlikely that Glushko (who was also under arrest) would have been asked to pick the leader of the V-2 analysis project. And if he had been, he most certainly would have chosen himself, not Korolev.

4. The whole atmosphere of Korolev being threatned and disrespected by the generals is cliche and inaccurate. People were highly impressed by him and his managment and engineering skills.

5. Object-D was designed by a committee overseen by M.V. Keldysh, the president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. It was not just something Mishin and Korolev were tinkering together. They did not "get rid of the science experiments" to build Sputnik-1. Object-D was launched some months later as Sputnik-3.

6. Sputnik-1 did contain science experiments. It had two radio transmitters (not one), at different frequencies, chosen by K.I. Gringauz for ionospheric measurments. And its signal tone was designed to change if the capsule was depressurized by a micrometeorite strike.

Agree with you completely. These should be put in the article under their own headings. I believe I spotted more errors (for example, the end of the last program claimed the R-7 launcher is still in service. I don't think it is, but variants of it are) Damburger 09:31, 7 July 2006 (UTC)
Don, it is funny you mentioned bad pronunciation of Korolev's last name, but made mistake with Tupolev: it is Tupolev (too-po-leff), not Tupolov. Damburger, R7 in its original variant is of course not in service, but its variants are. After all, the original R7 was a military ballistic missile. I think it is a rather small mistake. Mikus (talk) 00:13, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
The map of Europe in the first episode seems to have been fixed in newer re-runs. Eridane (talk) 14:15, 14 February 2010 (UTC)


Does anyone know if the soundtrack was custom made for the program or is it a classical music peice? --Simpsons fan 66 06:40, 29 January 2008 (UTC)


Some of the inconsistencies appeared in the movie probably because the movie was filmed in Romania (in the sequence with the steam train leaving the German station with scientists, you can read on the locomotive "CFR" which stands for "Caile Ferate Romane" (Romanian Railways). These are old locomotives that are used now for transporting special trains (e.g. charters for tourists). This may be also the reason for the appearance of old ZiL-157 trucks and the GAZ automobile (the fromer was used in the Romanian military and the producers may have found an old decomissioned truck for a cheap price, while the latter can still be found in some private collections of car enthusiasts in Romania). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:23, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Great info! I will add information about CFR into the main article. Mikus (talk) 00:06, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Apollo 1 - Inaccuracy[edit]

There is another small inacuracy during the Apollo1 part of the series. The capcom calls the astronauts multiple times with the callsign "Apollo 1", however, this name was given to the accident only after it happend. -- (talk) 22:06, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

That's true, but Apollo 1 had been so called by the astronauts (and the contractors) since at least mid-1966; and the capcom was a fellow astronaut, not a NASA bureaucrat. The primary crew had approval for an Apollo 1 patch. This should be easily settled: the NASA capcom transcripts are available.Sdoradus (talk) 11:13, 23 October 2010 (UTC)