James A. Michener's "Space" | 1984
James A. Michener's epic best-selling fictional account of America's space program, spanning the years from the end of World War II to the exploration of the moon in the early 1970s and a fictional expedition to the "dark" side, was the basis of this well-received 13-hour miniseries with a stellar cast headed by James Garner as a naval war hero turned U.S. Senator and advocate of the fledgling space venture.
Bruce Dern, as an engineer whose wartime mission was to deliver Hitler's rocket experts into U.S. hands, returned to television after a lengthy career in films and won a Best Supporting Actor (in a miniseries) nod in the second annual Television Movie Awards from the International Television Movie Festival. Two directors worked on "Space" and split the chores -- Joseph Sargent directed Parts 1 and 5; Lee Philips the middle 3. The production won an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Limited Series, in addition to two technical awards.