When We Left The Earth: The NASA Missions (2008)


“To do what we do you have to be a bit arrogant” – Eugene Cernan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the history of NASA from the first test flights all the way through the continued use of the Space Shuttle during the first decade of the 21st Century.

My Take on it – As a fan of the US Space Program, I was actually quite excited when I came across this miniseries/movie.

They do a amazing job chronicling the US space missions from before the Mercury flights all the way to the Space Shuttle missions of the 21st Century.

The film is very comprehensive and steers clear away from getting too technical when it describes all of the various space missions spanning nearly 6 decades.

They definitely do a great job showing how NASA expanded due to their successes over the years and became the most prolific space agency in the world based on their know-how and knowledge which quickly turned them into the leaders of the field.

The film is six parts and comes to almost 6 hours and that length would normally feel too lean in order to cover such a comprehensive subject, but they manage to spend enough time on each important milestone and constantly move forward while telling the story of the US Space flight program.

They manage to give the viewer a superb ‘crash course’ on the history of NASA including its many successes and the few tragic failures along the way.

The interviews shown here feature many prominent astronauts from various eras along with flight controllers and even politicians who can give the viewer so much inside information as to what transpired over the history of the US Space Program making NASA what it is today.

Bottom Line – Great documentary that does an amazing job giving a comprehensive yet non-technical look at the way NASA began and grew to become the most prolific space program around the world. The 6 hours feels a bit too lean for such a subject matter, but they still manage to make us feel as if we are getting a superb ‘crash course’ on all of the missions over nearly 6 decades of work from the late 1950’s thru the mid 2000’s. Superb interviews with astronauts, flight controllers and even politicians who helps explain everything that transpired in order to make NASA what it is today. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gary Sinise himself, played the role of one of the astronauts from the Apollo 13 movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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