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Want More After 'Apollo 11'? Here Are 5 Space Documentaries to Stream


The director Todd Douglas Miller and a team of archivists and editors found rare footage of the original manned lunar landing mission, and compiled it into a film that’s an immersive and inspiring record of the voyage, from launch to splashdown.


The director Al Reinert was granted access to footage shot by astronauts during the various Apollo missions, and he and his editors (led by Susan Korda) cut them into an approximation of a single voyage, with a focus on scenes that are eerie and awe-inspiring.


“The Last Man on the Moon” covers the public’s growing frustration with the expense of the space program, and also gets into the technical complexities of that last trip in 1972, and into how an astronaut’s job conflicts with family life.


Apollo 17 had access to color video cameras far beyond what Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin worked with, and the images Cernan and his crew captured on the moon are stunning in their clarity.


When NASA launched its two deep-space Voyager probes in 1977, the missions sparked conversations among scientists, artists, philosophers and ordinary folks, all wondering what information about Earth should be sent out into the universe, and what data — or even communication — might come back from the distant planets and stars.


How about a little historical “what if?” In 1960, the NASA adviser Dr. William Randolph Lovelace II began an experiment to see if ace female pilots could endure the series of physical and mental challenges he had originally devised for the “Mercury Seven” astronauts.






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