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On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launch the legendary orbiter, Sputnik, ushering in the space age. In 1998, the Russian Federation sends the first stage of the international space station, ... See full summary »

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On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launch the legendary orbiter, Sputnik, ushering in the space age. In 1998, the Russian Federation sends the first stage of the international space station, Freedom into space. While at first glance it seems little has changed, closer scrutiny reveals that billions of American dollars are being funneled to Russia to secure their participation in the Space Station partnership. Called by the elite of NASA, a foreign aid project for the Russians, the principle purpose of the program may be to abate the mass exodus of Russian rocket scientists to unfriendly nations interested in developing weapons of mass destruction. Written by Scott JT Frank

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Missed the mark spectacularly!
13 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The bulk of this episode was spent blaming cooperation with the Russian Space Agency for turning the International Space Station into nothing but charity to the Russian Scientists. They literally claimed that the ISS would provide no useful science beyond what we had already accomplished in the 1970s with SkyLab... a claim that is wholly preposterous on the face of it. They went on to accuse successive administrations of corruption and total disregard for the Constitution, but gave little to no facts to support those claims. The entire nature of the program makes it really quite clear that this is a forerunner for all of the conspiracy and ancient alien type of programming that the once lauded History Channel has sunk to.


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