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FAM is an Apple Tv exclusive, the show is based on the premise of Sergei Korolev, the chief engineer of the Soviet Space Program (yes I know there were competing buro's, but the show sees him like this) survives his OTL fatal heart surgery and perfects the Soviet N1 rocket, allowing the Soviet Union to beat the US to the moon one month before Apollo 11s landing. The show then goes on to demonstrate a continuing space race between the USA and USSR, through the 70s and into the 80s in the latest season. So in keeping with other shows and threads, this is a place for fans to share their ideas for how the universe of FAM could be expanded.


If you want to watch the show itself.

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Alexei Leonov: The most famous man in space flight, Leonov was born in 1934 in Listvyanka, Soviet Union, on the 18th of March 1965 Leonov became the first man to walk in space on Voskhod 2. He would follow it up with a further triumph on the 26 of June 1969, when he became the first man to walk on the moon, stepping out of his LOK spacecraft, which in a rare move by the USSR was broadcast live, Leonov spoke the immortal words;

"I take this step for my country, for my people, and for the Marxist-Leninist way of life. Knowing that today is but one small step on a journey that someday will take us all to the stars."

Leonov effectively cemented the USSR's triumph over NASA, who's reputation was dealt a further blow by the near disaster of Apollo 11s mission, one month later.

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The N1 Rocket: The Rocket that launched Leonov, Korolev's masterpiece, the N1 was the USSR's answer to the US Saturn 5, a giant of a rocket at over 105 meters tall, the N1 was far cruder and more brutal than the Saturn, in fact the success of such an unlikely machine sparked a debate in space circles as to whether a more striped down and unsophisticated NASA would've gotten to the moon faster. The N1 would be employed throughout the 70s, into the early construction of the Soviet moonbase, before being superseded by the N3 in 1975.

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Jamestown Base: America's Lunar Outpost, eager to boost its flagging reputation in the wake of the Soviet Landing, Nasa would commit to far more intensive lunar program than previously envisaged, the centrepiece of which would be Jamestown base, Humankinds first true spaceship, pictured here is but the first module of the base. During the Apollo 23 crisis Jamestown would prove its worth in both sustaining Astronaut Ed Baldwin, far beyond the original mission brief and in the rescue and refuelling of the capsule Osprey.
 
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FOR ALL MANKIND

FAM is an Apple Tv exclusive, the show is based on the premise of Sergei Korolev, the chief engineer of the Soviet Space Program (yes I know there were competing buro's, but the show sees him like this) survives his OTL fatal heart surgery and perfects the Soviet N1 rocket, allowing the Soviet Union to beat the US to the moon one week before Apollo 11s landing. The show then goes on to demonstrate a continuing space race between the USA and USSR, through the 70s and into the 80s in the latest season. So in keeping with other shows and threads, this is a place for fans to share their ideas for how the universe of FAM could be expanded.


If you want to watch the show itself.

ENsNr7v54E9y5j79NLYXSD-1200-80.jpg


Alexei Leonov: The most famous man in space flight, Leonov was born in 1934 in Listvyanka, Soviet Union, on the 18th of March 1965 Leonov became the first man to walk in space on Voskhod 2. He would follow it up with a further triumph on the 26 of June 1969, when he became the first man to walk on the moon, stepping out of his LOK spacecraft, which in a rare move by the USSR was broadcast live, Leonov spoke the immortal words;

"I take this step for my country, for my people, and for the Marxist-Leninist way of life. Knowing that today is but one small step on a journey that someday will take us all to the stars."

Leonov effectively cemented the USSR's triumph over NASA, who's reputation was dealt a further blow by the near disaster of Apollo 11s mission, one week later.

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The N1 Rocket: The Rocket that launched Leonov, Korolev's masterpiece, the N1 was the USSR's answer to the US Saturn 5, a giant of a rocket at over 105 meters tall, the N1 was far cruder and more brutal than the Saturn, in fact the success of such an unlikely machine sparked a debate in space circles as to whether a more striped down and unsophisticated NASA would've gotten to the moon faster. The N1 would be employed throughout the 70s, into the early construction of the Soviet moonbase, before being superseded by the N3 in 1975.

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Jamestown Base: America's Lunar Outpost, eager to boost its flagging reputation in the wake of the Soviet Landing, Nasa would commit to far more intensive lunar program than previously envisaged, the centrepiece of which would be Jamestown base, Humankinds first true spaceship, pictured here is but the first module of the base. During the Apollo 23 crisis Jamestown would prove its worth in both sustaining Astronaut Ed Baldwin, far beyond the original mission brief and in the rescue and refuelling of the capsule Osprey.
It is my opinion that the boots we see in the last few seconds of episode 10 is an American astronaut but with a cosmonaut crewmember. With how everything ended it makes sense that the US/USSR would start doing missions together. Season 2 ended in 1983 and season three seems like it'll start sometime in 1994-1995 so I think the Cold War is going to be more or less over by that point and it'll simply be a friendly rivalry between the two space agencies.
 
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Concept art for the planned Skylab space station. A spin-off of the Apollo program, NASA had originally planned for the station to be launched in 1973 before its abrupt cancellation. However, all the hard work which had gone into the development of Skylab would not go to waste, with much of the knowledge and resources gained during research and development being folded into the Moonlab Project and the development of the Jamestown Moonbase
 
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Concept art for the planned Skylab space station. A spin-off of the Apollo program, NASA had originally planned for the station to be launched in 1973 before its abrupt cancellation. However, all the hard work which had gone into the development of Skylab would not go to waste, with much of the knowledge and resources gained during research and development being folded into the Moonlab Project and the development of the Jamestown Moonbase.
However, work on the station continued to its launch in January 1975 and its first visit by astronauts Tom Stafford,Stuart Roosa,and Joe Allen on Apollo 28:

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Michael Collins poses after the splashdown of Apollo 30, the mission where he finally walked on the Moon as commander of Jamestown 5:


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(Photo creds: Apollo 30 MS Tony England)
 
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STS-1 was the dawn of a new era , and it’s launch on 7 July 1978 was appropriately at dawn - 5:32 am to be exact as the four-man crew of commander Joe Engle,pilot Bill Pogue,and mission specialists Buzz Aldrin and Danielle Poole soared into history :

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(Actual launch is STS-61C)
 
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January 28,1986 IOTL:the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded,killing its crew of 7.

January 28,1986 ITTL:the first launch of the Atlas I rocket,bearing the Intelsat 602 and 603 satellites to geostationary orbit:

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(IOTL,this is an Atlas II launch from 1993)
 
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Inspired by the efforts of the superpowers building bases on the Moon, the smaller Japanese aerospace agencies (ISAS and NAL) were merged into the larger NASDA decades earlier.

A J-I rocket (not named N-I to avoid confusion with the successful Soviet N1), based on license-built Thor-Delta components, launched the Hiten lunar flyby probe in 1976. Japan became the first country other than the Soviet Union or United States to send a spacecraft to the Moon. It had a tiny subsatellite called Hagoromo, which became Japan's first lunar orbiter, but it was only able to transmit a limited amount of data.

(In OTL, ISAS made probes and scientific satellites, and launched Hiten in 1990 on a Mu-3SII solid rocket. NASDA mostly launched communications and weather satellites, but no probes beyond Earth orbit. ISAS built launchers evolved from domestic sounding rockets, but they were limited to 1.4 meters in diameter because of postwar restrictions until the 2.5 m Mu-V rocket in the late 1990s. NASDA had bigger liquid-fuel rockets but had to rely on imported American technology like the 2.44 m Thor-Delta in the early days before creating their own 4 m H-II rocket, also in the 1990s.)

(image source: JAXA Digital Archives)

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Artist's impression of the Hiten lunar flyby (found here)

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Pavel Belyayev - Much has been said, and much will continue to be said about Leonov's first historic moon, but what of the other man who travelled with him? Pavel Belyayev was in fact senior to Leonov having been born in 1925 in Chelishchevo, Soviet Union. Zond 14, the mission that would see Leonov land on the moon, was the second time Belyayev had accompanied Leonov, having joined him previously for Voskhod 2. Again, in contrast to the US landing, Belyayev was in fact the commander of the mission and after Alexei had climbed into his LK lander, Belyayev was left as the sole occupant of the Soyuz 7k-LOK. He then became the most distant human being in history, orbiting through the dark side of the moon. He would later recount that far from a sense of loneliness he had felt almost 'Exalted and aware' during his experience. Sadly Belyayev was not long for the world, he would die less than a year after the landing of complications during surgery.

Amazingly, Michael Collins, the command pilot during Apollo 11, had in fact met Belyayev a few years earlier at the Paris air show, in an extraordinary historical encounter Collins recounted of Belyayev;

"He was really gracious… Belyayev was a very positive, thoughtful guy, a real leader; I liked him a lot"

If he had but known.
 
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Pavel Belyayev - Much has been said, and much will continue to be said about Leonov's first historic moon, but what of the other man who travelled with him? Pavel Belyayev was in fact senior to Leonov having been born in 1925 in Chelishchevo, Soviet Union. Zond 14, the mission that would see Leonov land on the moon, was the second time Belyayev had accompanied Leonov, having joined him previously for Voskhod 2. Again, in contrast to the US landing, Belyayev was in fact the commander of the mission and after Alexei had climbed into his LK lander, Belyayev was left as the sole occupant of the Soyuz 7k-LOK. He then became the most distant human being in history, orbiting through the dark side of the moon. He would later recount that far from a sense of loneliness he had felt almost 'Exalted and aware' during his experience. Sadly Belyayev was not long for the world, he would die less than a year after the landing of complications during surgery.

Amazingly, Michael Collins, the command pilot during Apollo 11, had in fact met Belyayev a few years earlier at the Paris air show, in an extraordinary historical encounter Collins recounted of Belyayev;

"He was really gracious… Belyayev was a very positive, thoughtful guy, a real leader; I liked him a lot"

If he had but known.
I headcanoned Georgi Shonin accompanying Leonov but this can work too 🙂
 
It was the end of an era for human spaceflight as Apollo 75 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on September 20,1983, with astronauts Danielle Poole.Dick Scobee,and Ray Clapper:

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(Actual pic depicts the Apollo 14 splashdown)
 
Inspired by the efforts of the superpowers building bases on the Moon, the smaller Japanese aerospace agencies (ISAS and NAL) were merged into the larger NASDA decades earlier.

A J-I rocket (not named N-I to avoid confusion with the successful Soviet N1), based on license-built Thor-Delta components, launched the Hiten lunar flyby probe in 1976. Japan became the first country other than the Soviet Union or United States to send a spacecraft to the Moon. It had a tiny subsatellite called Hagoromo, which became Japan's first lunar orbiter, but it was only able to transmit a limited amount of data.

(In OTL, ISAS made probes and scientific satellites, and launched Hiten in 1990 on a Mu-3SII solid rocket. NASDA mostly launched communications and weather satellites, but no probes beyond Earth orbit. ISAS built launchers evolved from domestic sounding rockets, but they were limited to 1.4 meters in diameter because of postwar restrictions until the 2.5 m Mu-V rocket in the late 1990s. NASDA had bigger liquid-fuel rockets but had to rely on imported American technology like the 2.44 m Thor-Delta in the early days before creating their own 4 m H-II rocket, also in the 1990s.)

(image source: JAXA Digital Archives)

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Artist's impression of the Hiten lunar flyby (found here)

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An artist’s impression of its successor, Kaguya, made shortly before its 1982 launch:
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The Apollo 22 Saturn V is prepared for the second launch from LC-39B, March 25,1974:

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Trina Harper, another black woman astronaut, is pictured in a lighthearted moment before her first launch in July 1987, STS-157. This mission,flown by space shuttle Enterprise, was the fifth Spitzer Space Telescope servicing mission,and the first to return Spitzer to Earth for repair and refurbishment before its (March 1988) relaunch :

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And finally, Zond 23 returns Yevgeni Khrunov,Valeri Yazdovsky,and Valentina Pomonareva to Earth on June 8,1975:

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