• Season 3, Ep 13
  • 11/24/2015

Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan fall in love over a golden record, Wernher Von Braun pioneers rocket science, and Alexey Leonov becomes the first man to float in space.

- All the 'nauts.

- To every 'naut.

- Cosmonautsand astronauts.

All the 'nauts.

- 'Naut.

- Hello, I'm Kyle Kinane.

and we're going to talkabout the first space walk.

1965! Space race underway!

America against Russia.

So Russia, they've been sending animals out.


But then, the U.S.,

they sent a monkey up there.


And then, Russia is just like,

Who's the most maniacRussian we have?

Pavel Belyayev andAlexey Leonov.

So Russia says, Pavel, Alexey,

do you want to dosome ape-[bleep] stuff?


We'd like you to bethe first human beings

to do a spacewalk.


Extra-Vehicular Activity.

Imagine what it's like to befloating around in the '80s,

except this is the '60s.

And they go, What do you gotgoing on with your life?


Same here.

Uh, yes, yes, I'll do it.

The mission'scalled the Voskhod 2,

and so Russia's watching on TV.

Finally, Russia's gotsomething awesome.

Good luck withyour rock 'n' roll

and your Beach Boys!

We got this.

So the launch--it pops off, man.

The launch pops off. It's good.

And so, they're like, We did it! We're in orbit.

Leonov pressurizes his suit,

and then leaves the airlock.

I'm floating in space!I'm floating in space!

It's the best thingI ever did in my life.

He's the first human being to do something.

Everybody's watching TV, this guy's out there,

the whole country's, Oh! We did it! We're the best.

The First Secretary, Brezhnev, is like,

Leonov, good job.

[blows out air]

Don't worry, don't worry.

So Leonov's like, Okay, I did it.

Can I get back intothis craft?

Oh, I can't even fitinside of it,

because the suitblew up too big.

He's got--filled!It's filled!

The suit's--[blows raspberry]

Filled up. He's stuck.

He's like, Oh, I [bleep] upthis whole thing.

So they cut the feed.

They immediately cut to Mozart's "Requiem,"

which is some depressingfuneral jam.

- [laughs]

- I'm--I'm assuming right nowyou'll play it, right now.

[Mozart's "Requiem" plays]

And it's just some sad [bleep].

But then, Leonov secretly real--

he can real-- he can--he found a nozzle,

so he had to--[imitates air sputtering out]

to depressurize.

And his temperature-- his temperature spikes.

He's almost got the bends.

He nearly kills himself,

just to get back inside to the spacecraft.

He's in!That should be the most of it.

He's in, and then,

they can't get the hatch closed.

Like noth--like, sitcom style,

nothing's going to go right for these guys.

Aw, [bleep].

Why am I looking at this one--

Should I be lookingat anywhere else

other than thisone point on the couch?

- [chuckles]

- So--so anyway, they fix the hatch.

Great, fine, great.

But that throws the balance off on the whole goddamn machine,

so they're stuck twirling around.

So Leonov says to Pavel,

Like, we gotta land thisright [bleep] now.

They're trying to figure it out.

They're trying to calculatethe trajectory

to get back,just land on Russian soil.

If we land,and we land in China,

that'll be [bleep] up,

because of...somethingthat Wikipedia tells us.

They twirl towards the Earth,

and then wait, whoa, whoa...

Kaboof. We landed.

Oh, man, we shouldget out of this capsule.

Ah, oh, we got--Oh, we got--

We can't get out--we can'tget out of this capsule!"

We should blow the doors!


With these tiny explosiveswe're provided with.

[imitates small explosion]

Oh, good, we're out.

Oh, where are we?

Oh, we're in the tundra.

- Oh, don't do that,don't do that.

- I know.I know how TV works.

All right, they land 2,000 kilometers off their mark,

in Siberia,

which is a real place...

In the middle of mating season for wolves and bears.

It's below-zero temperatures, wolves, bears,

all with just boners.

- Jesus.- Lookin' to [bleep].

- [laughs]

- And all they can say to each other is,

Well, I guess...

we should start...

with some sweet kisses.

[both laugh]

- Come on, man.What--what--how much more--

- Well, what happenedto them after--

- Der--Derek, don't say nothing.

- Yeah, I just wantto get what--

- It's--they're in Siberia.

They're blasting flares out. Ptoo! Ptoo!

They don't even have food,

or Sprites.

And then, after 30 hours,

they fi--

[bottle thuds]Finally they got rescued.

[triumphant music]

You wouldn't evenbelieve it.

- [chuckles]- Oh!

They're just some lunatics thatsaid "yes" to an experiment.

Cosmonauts, astronauts,any kind of 'naut.

Did, yes.The 'nauts yessed.

The 'nauts said, "Why not?"

- [laughs]- Where da--where da--

Where da button?Where da button?

- We're havinga Sputnik cocktail.


Named afterthe first satellite

ever launched into orbitby the lousy Reds.

But here's the keyingredient to a Sputnik.

Do you want to knowwhat it is?

- Please.- Sour grapes.



My name is Matt Gourley,and today,

we're gonna talk aboutWernher von Braun.

Wernher Magnus MaximilianFreiherr von Braun.


Wernher von Braun.

He's the father of American rocket science,

and at 13 years old, in Prussia,

and he's looking to the heavenly bodies,

and he's seeing for the first time,

there's something to explore there,

and at that point, he says to himself,

We gotta get to space,me and a bunch of guys.

He wants to get to spaceat all costs,

and this will be the downfall.

So then, in 1939,

he's the technical director of the V-2 rocket.

He's just there with his buddies, going like,

We're building rockets.

And then, World War II really hits the fan.

And out of nowhere,a man shows up--guess who?

Derek, guess who?

Adolf Hitler. - Whoa.

- And no [bleep], he's literally shrouded

in a voluminous cape.

Do you want a candy?

- Whoa, ow.Jesus.

- So he says, Hey, Wernher von Braun,

why don't you rain downsome V-2 rockets--

you've been developingthese things--

indiscriminately on England?"

And he's like, Hmm. Okay.

And so he joins the SS.

- What does "SS" stand for,for those that don't know?

- S-serious Nazis.

And so they launched V-2 rockets to England.

After the attacks, von Braun says,

The rocket worked perfectly,

except for landingon the wrong planet.

His goal is to get to space,

not necessarily to destroy.

Guess what? The United States creates this program,

called "Operation Paperclip," and they're like,

Let's grab all the Germanscientists we can,

forgive any war crimes,and get 'em to America

before those Russians do.

And they do just that.

Wernher von Braun has come to El Paso, Texas,

and he's like, Finally.

Let's dig intosome space exploration.

All this nonsense is over.

And the military's like, [burps] Yeah.

That's great.Let's do it.

Only if the space program

were less satellitesand more missiles.

And he's like, Ay, Dios mio.

Then, no [bleep], Walt Disney visits von Braun,

and he says, I don't know if you know this,

but I'm building a new themepark called Disneyland,

and I want you to help me buildsomething called Tomorrowland.

And von Braun's like, Yeah, but can you help me with

capturing the imaginationof the American public,

to get them excitedabout space travel?"

And Disney's like,Two things:

Yeah, I canhelp you with that,

and I've gota tiny little mustache.

So they created a TV series,called "Man in Space."

And it's a huge hit.

Von Braun is like, Hello, Americans.

This is how we willget to space.

42 million Americans watched, going, How is this possible?

But it's gotta be possible,'cause it's on TV.

And so he's a national celebrity,

so much so that he's put on the cover of "Time" magazine.