A couple of years ago, the renowned PBS series Nova presented an episode entitled Astrospies.  In the 1960s, the US and Russia were in a race to get spies into space, while disguising their super-secret activities:

These men, 17 in all, were set to make history in space as the first military astronauts, performing covert reconnaissance from orbit. Yet while NASA’s astronauts were gracing magazine covers and signing autographs, the MOL teams were sworn to secrecy; most of the program’s details remain classified even today.

The public knew almost nothing about these programs, and the details have only come to light within recent years.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch this episode, it is definitely worth your time!

The technological prowess of these two cold war-faring nations during this era is simply amazing.  It makes you wonder what the Air Force has up its sleeve currently, that will come to light forty years from now.

I thoroughly enjoy most of the Nova programming, and this episode was truly incredible.  I was in awe the first time I saw the program.  I’m curious to know what other think of this episode, so please share any of your comments.