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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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