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Everyone's Space

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 17:00
Grade Level: 7-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
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Streaming/DVD: English

It's not NASA's space-race anymore...

Host Scott Bakula (of Star Trek and Quantum Leap) shows how competition drives innovation—even in space exploration. In the 1960s, the intense rivalry between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. fueled the Space Race, culminating in Neil Armstrong's "giant leap" in 1969. The near future seemed to hold great promise for commercial space flight and space tourism. But in the intervening years, NASA's accomplishments have been underwhelming.

Now, the most exciting innovations are found in the private sector, where the Ansari X-Prize contest inspired enterprising teams to race toward the goal of developing a cost-efficient, reusable space craft. The X-Prize was modeled after a similar prize that helped launch the commercial aviation industry—a $25,000 prize won by American Charles Lindbergh with his famous 33-hour solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927.

Today, the budding private space tourism industry is attracting entrepreneurs, investors, and would-be adventurers who hope to be among the first private space travelers. Thanks to the power of competition, the dream of safe, affordable space flight may be realized in the not-too-distant future.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Sputnik, with a diameter of approximately 23 in (58 cm), was actually more than twice the size of a basketball, which has a diameter of 9.5 - 9.8 in (24.1 - 25 cm). We apologize for the error.

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Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science


Science & Technology

U.S. History / Government & Civics



Free Markets





Space Exploration

Space Race

My students liked this video because the information was current and they love seeing how technology has boomed in the last ten years.

Gwen Hunter
Fort Smith, AR

My students really enjoyed the video. We had a very lively class discussion after the video was viewed. Almost all of my students had an opinion or a comment that they wanted to share. It was a very good "vehicle" for getting students involved and participating in a class discussion.

Gail King
Gulfport, MS

The video was great! It is nice to be able to present information that goes beyond the standard content contained in textbooks!

Elizabeth Walker
Woodway, TX

Everyones Space was an amazing dvd, and my students asked to watch it again. It was perfect for generating ideas and the discussions held in class were priceless.

Kari Copeland
Knoxville, TN

I love how the videos are on current topics that are connected to my curriculum. I especially appreciate that I could connect this to my engineering/technology curriculum!

Cynthia Gould
Leominster, MA

This video really sparked an excellent discussion about the development of technology. My students were actually putting thought into their comments at the end of this video, unlike so many others I have shown them.

Jacqueline Aleshire
Madison, WV

Quite a few of the students recognized Mr. Bakula from TV shows. I think that this recognition helped them take an interest in and stay focused on the video. Considering today's economy, this is a timely video to instill in our students the need for continuing education and innovation.

Robin Routh
Bradenton, FL

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