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Mip TV Picks 2008: Tank on the Moon

Deep in the depths of the Cold War, when the US and the Soviet Union glared at each other over an iron curtain, a drama few know about was being played out on another world.
April 2, 2008


Deep in the depths of the Cold War, when the US and the Soviet Union glared at each other over an iron curtain, a drama few know about was being played out on another world.

While the US won the race to land a man on the moon, history forgets that between 1970 and 1973 the Soviets were far more active on that faraway frontier. In fact, over the course of 16 months, two small Soviet robots traveled more than 30 miles over the lunar surface, exploring far more of that world than Apollo was able to.

Tank on the Moon uses extensive declassified archives to tell the whole story behind the creation and deployment of these vehicles. Though they got a brief chance for the spotlight when versions were sent in to help clean up the Chernobyl disaster, these mechanical marvels have inspired a generation of space rovers, but are almost entirely lost to history thanks to political intrigue. Partners: Zed (Paris), with Corona Films (Paris), France 5, Channel 5 (Russia), Discovery Science Channel, CBC/RDI (Canada), SVT (Sweden), RTBF (Belgium)
Wrapped: November 2007
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding partner regions

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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