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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Army Ballistic Missile Agency

National Archives and Records Service
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Part of the U.S. Army's Big Picture series, this historical documentary goes behind-the-scenes to the Army's Classified Ballistic Missile Agency near the growing community of Huntsville, Alabama. This birthplace for research programming delves into the secrets of outer space. High-speed cameras follow the flight of the now famous Redstone missile as it gains altitude and finally vanishes into space and models of future missiles can be seen as they are built and tested in the laboratory. Historical footage provided by the National Archives and Records Administration is a "crash program" for the world of tomorrow.
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30 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 13, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Army Ballistic Missile Agency
  • Intro: The Big Picture: Army Ballistic Missile Agency (0:49)
  • Redstone Missile Lifts Off! (2:30)
  • Designing and Testing Scale Models (2:03)
  • ABMA Laboratories (2:41)
  • Perfecting and Testing Ballistic Missiles (1:05)
  • Huntsville Offers Exemplary Lifestyle (2:38)
  • Alloy Tested at Extreme Temperatures (1:48)
  • Fisherman's Paradise (1:21)
  • Static Missile Test Firing (1:59)
  • Science of Telemetry (2:40)
  • Newest Static Test Stand (1:32)
  • Program Continues to Expand (2:40)
  • Summary: The Big Picture: Army Ballistic Missile Agency (1:27)
  • Credits: The Big Picture: Army Ballistic Missile Agency (0:33)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2008.
Publisher no.
45032 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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