When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions is a Discovery Channel documentary series narrated by actor Gary Sinise, looking at the NASA missions about human spaceflight. Consisting of six episodes, the series documents 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. When We Left Earth features interviews with celebrated astronauts such as John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Charlie Duke, as well as NASA officials including flight directors Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz, and Glynn Lunney.

When we Left Earth: Episode 1 - Ordinary Superman
This episode documents the start of the Space Race and the flights of the Mercury Program, beginning with flight testing of the X-15 rocket plane.

When we Left Earth: Episode 2 - Friends and Rivals
This episode looks at the Gemini program, the second American human spaceflight program about landing men on the moon and bringing them safely back to earth.

When we Left Earth: Episode 3 - Landing the Eagle
This episode chronicles the Apollo program including the Apollo 1 disaster, the flights of Apollo 8, 9, and 10, the historic Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

When we Left Earth: Episode 4 - The Explorers
Giving a special look at Apollo 13, Apollo 15, and the space station Skylab, this episode looks at the Apollo mission after Apollo 11.

When we Left Earth: Episode 5 - The Shuttle
This episode features the flights of the Space Shuttle, including the first flight of the Columbia, the Challenger disaster, and the launch of the Hubble Space telescope.

When we Left Earth: Episode 6 - A Home in Space
This episode looks at the recent shuttle program featuring the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope, the construction of the International Space Station.


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List of NASA missions
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Moon Machines
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Space Race (BBC docudrama)
Space Race is a BBC docudrama series chronicling the major events and characters in the American/Soviet space race up to the first landing of a man on the moon.
Mars Rising
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