The documentary film "Apollo 11" – which now runs in selected IMAX cinemas before being reissued in regular cinemas on Friday – is one of the most compelling films ever made about NASA and space exploration. Director Todd Douglas Miller and a team of archivists and editors found rare footage of the original manned lunar landing mission and combined it into a movie that is an impressive and inspiring record of the journey from start to finish.
But "Apollo 11" is far from being the only major documentary about mankind's efforts to explore beyond the Earth's atmosphere. The "space doc" is a small but prolific non-fiction cinema populated by filmmakers who often work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to combine amazing images with the memories of the small handful of men and women dared to go to the stars.
Here are five of the best of these films and how to stream them. 19659007] & # 39; For All Mankind & # 39; (1989)
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The gold standard used to document NASA is the 1989 Academy Award-nominated film, which is rich in alien wonders of a journey to the moon. Director Al Reinert was given access to material captured by astronauts during various Apollo missions, and he and his editors (led by Susan Korda) cut them closer to a single journey, focusing on uncanny ones and awesome scenes. inspiring. With the soundtracks of ambient music pioneers Brian Eno, Roger Eno, and Daniel Lanois – and the tales of Mission Control's original audio footage combined with reflective astronaut interviews – "For All Mankind" commemorates the great sci-fi adventure of Apollo , (For a simpler, less experimental presentation of the program, the British documentary "In the Shadows of the Moon" from 2007 is also highly recommended.) It can be streamed for free on the ad-supported Tubi.)
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As a bittersweet bookend for "Apollo 11" you can watch this documentary about the last moon mission and see how he changed the life of his commander Eugene. Cernan Director Mark Craig keeps his film fairly even between personal, professional and political Aspects of Cernan's NASA career. "The Last Man on the Moon" covers the growing frustration of the public with the cost of the space program and also addresses the technical difficulties of the last voyage of 1972 and the question of how the work of an astronaut conflicts with family life. This is the rare spatial document, which is also a poignant character sketch. And there is no lack of great moon shots. Apollo 17 had access to color video cameras that went far beyond what Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin worked on, and the images that Cernan and his crew took on the moon are stunning in their clarity.
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& # 39; The Farthest & # 39; (2017)
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When NASA unveiled its two Voyager probes in space in 1977, the missions sparked discussions between scientists, artists, philosophers, and ordinary people to be sent into the universe, and what data – or even communications – from the distant planets and Stars could come back. The documentary by Emer Reynolds, "The Farthest", describes the work that was created to create these lasting wonders of mid-70s technology that are still out there. Recalling the idealism and optimism of the people who worked in the space program more than 40 years ago, the film serves as a call to regain their wit and ingenuity.
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& # 39; The Mars Generation & # 39; (2017)
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Man-made space research has recently slowed down, but the non-profit organization The Mars Generation has been working to provide the next wave of astronauts and rocket scientists in all cases since 2015. The documentary "The Mars Generation" introduces some brilliant, space-obsessed teenagers participating in special camps designed to simulate what it would be like to travel to and live on Mars. These kids are sometimes socially awkward, but always cute. It is heartwarming to work together towards a goal they can never achieve in real life, unless the public supports another large, expensive project on the scale of the Apollo missions.
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How about a little historical "What if?". In 1960, NASA consultant Dr. William Randolph Lovelace II With an experiment to find out if female pilots can handle the series of physical and mental challenges he originally designed for the "Mercury Seven" astronauts. When he found out that some women did better than men on some tests, the privately funded "Woman in Space" program began to protest in the media and the US government, arguing that America was in the space race with the Soviets compete, this must overcome their deep-rooted sexism. The documentary "Mercury 13" features interviews with some of the experienced pilots and scientists involved in this project. Many of them are still certain that the space program – and perhaps even the culture – would have been different if NASA had been more open to Lovelace's experiments.