Walt Disney introduces “Man in Space” on television – March 9, 1955

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Walt Disney prepares to introduce "Man in Space," the first of
three space-themed television shows he produced in the 1950s.

DREAMING OF WORLDS BEYOND — Walt Disney prepares to introduce “Man
in Space,” the first of three space-themed television shows he
produced in the 1950s. The show first aired March 9, 1955, on the
“Disneyland” television series and was directed by legendary
animator Ward Kimball. Walt Disney’s fascination with space
exploration was the subject of three “Disneyland” television
specials: “Man in Space,” “Man and the Moon” and “Mars and Beyond.”
“Man in Space,” also presented in theaters, was nominated for an
Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Documentary), and was so
well-received that President Dwight D. Eisenhower requested a print
of the film to show to officials at the Pentagon. Now, Walt Disney
World Resort guests can take a trip to Mars aboard Mission: SPACE,
the newest thrill attraction at Epcot. Guests experience a
pulse-racing liftoff and the sensations of traveling in outer space
on an out-of-this-world mission to Mars. (Permission is hereby
granted to intended addressee magazine and newspaper to reproduce
this picture for addressee’s editorial news use only. Copyright
2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.) 256-827

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