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Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history when they successfully landed and walked on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Mankind came together to celebrate on that momentous day, and millions were inspired by the amazing achievement.

NASA is leading the charge in the US for aerospace research and aeronautics, NASA has long been exploring outer space and pushing the limits of what we thought was not possible, NASA is preparing to send a manned mission to Mars,

The following biopics, documentaries, and dramatizations pay tribute to our accomplishments in space and attempt to predict where we may go next, this is a collection of films that portray NASA and space exploration in a realistic manner.

 

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (or NASA’s Greatest Missions: When We Left Earth in the UK) is a Discovery Channel HD documentary miniseries consisting of six episodes documenting American human spaceflight, spanning from the first Mercury flights through the Gemini program to the Apollo Moon landings, the Space Shuttle, and the construction of the International Space Station. It was created in association with NASA to commemorate the agency’s fiftieth anniversary in 2008. It first aired on June 8, 2008, and concluded on June 22. Each airing consisted of two hour-long episodes.

The miniseries was released on DVD on July 10, 2008, and was released on Blu-ray disc on August 12.

 

For All Mankind


For All Mankind is a 1989 documentary film drawn from original footage of NASA’s Apollo program which successfully landed the first humans on the Moon from 1969 to 1972. It was directed by Al Reinert with music by Brian Eno. The film concentrates on the beauty of the Earth as seen from space with the experiences of Apollo crew members and mission control staff played over original mission footage.

 

Apollo 11


Originally released for IMAX, this documentary provides a first-hand look at the Apollo 11 mission. Beginning with the launch and continuing through to those famous first steps on the Moon, Apollo 11 uses photographs, audio from newsreels and NASA transmissions, illustrations, and original footage from NASA to show the historic mission in great detail

 

The Saturn V Story


The Saturn V rocket was responsible for launching 24 astronauts to the Moon between 1967 and 1973 and is considered by many to be one of mankind’s greatest technological achievements. Conceived by German-American aerospace engineer Werner von Braun and his team, the Saturn V is still the only vehicle to propel humans beyond Earth’s low orbit. Through interviews with Apollo scientists, visual effects, and NASA footage, The Saturn V Story tells the story of “the most powerful machine ever built” and the people behind its development.

 

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo


While it’s natural to be fascinated by the brave men and women who have traveled into space, it can be easy to overlook those who stayed on Earth to command the Mission Control centers. They were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. Some came from a rural lifestyle, hardly changed from the 19th century. Others grew up in a gritty, blue-collar America of mines and smokestacks. They ranged from kids straight out of college to those toughened by military service. But from such ordinary beginnings, an extraordinary team was born.

 

The Right Stuff


This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America’s space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA’s earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.

 

Hidden Figures


Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

 

First Man


On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the drama is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling. Isaac Klausner (The Fault in Our Stars) executive produces. DreamWorks Pictures co-financed the film.

 

Apollo 13


This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth’s orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts’ survival and their safe return to Earth.

 

Marooned


The 1969 film Marooned, starring Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, and Richard Crenna, is a fictional account of three astronauts stranded in space, slowly running out of oxygen. To make matters more complicated, NASA’s plans for rescue are delayed by an impending hurricane near the launch site, making the astronaut’s situation even more tense.

Based on the novel of the same name by Martin Caidin, the film was released less than four months after the Apollo 11 moon landing, attracting enormous public attention. Although fictitious, authenticity was important to the producers, and the attention to detail is just one of the things that make the film so engaging.

 

Gravity


Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, during a routine spacewalk by the pair, disaster strikes: The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

 

Interstellar

Interstellar is a sci-fi thriller starring Matthew McConaughey, written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, and directed by the latter (of Inception, Batman Begins, Memento, et. al fame). The film offers a dystopian portrayal of Earth in the future–crops won’t grow, the planet is dying, and humans are on the verge of starvation.
McConaughey and a band of brave explorers embark on a mission (organized by the now underground NASA) to save the human race by searching for a new planet to call home. While this may sound like a typical sci-fi movie, what makes it unique is the realism used to tell the story–the Nolan brothers have a way of taking extraordinary ideas and making them seem plausible.

 

The Martian


Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut exploring Mars who inadvertently gets left behind by his crew. The saga that ensues is one of pure survival as Watney attempts to stretch his food rations, grow vegetables in an inhospitable environment, and fight the loneliness of being the only human on the Red Planet, all while trying to figure out a way to get back home to Earth.

Like Interstellar, this movie offers a level of realism that makes the viewer feel as if they are stranded alongside Watney; it’s also punctuated with moments of wry humor that make it entertaining to watch.

 

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