space The Best Documentaries About Space  

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List Rules Documentary films about astronauts, space travel, or outer space, including celestial bodies and other planets

There are a number of documentaries out there that detail the different aspects of the universe specifically discussing outer space, including the science of the universe, conspiracies about whether or not we truly landed on the moon, detailing the different planets in the solar system and the possibilities of aliens and UFO’s. No matter what your interest in watching a space documentary is, there’s sure to be the perfect fitting one included on this list.

What are the best documentaries about space? The documentaries on this list cover any aspect imaginable when it comes to the topic of space, such as whether we’re alone in the universe or not, the beautiful qualities of the planets and the stars in our solar system and NASA space shuttle missions. Many of these films are informational, providing a historical context as well as scientific background.

This list has the best documentary films dealing with the subject of space, including: Orphans of Apollo, Through the Wormhole and The Planets. Vote up your favorite, spaciest documentary below or add any not already on the list.
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Journey to the Edge of the Universe Journey to the Edge of the Universe is a documentary film broadcast on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. It documents a space journey from Earth to the edge of the universe itself. ...more

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Through the Wormhole

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Nova: Earth from Space

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Cosmic Voyage Morgan Freeman Cosmic Voyage is a 1996 short documentary film produced in the IMAX format, directed by Bayley Silleck, produced by Jeffrey Marvin, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. The film was presented by the ...more

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The Planets The Planets is an educational miniseries produced by the BBC and A&E and released in 1999. The series was remastered in 2004. It documents the Solar System and its nature, formation, and ...more

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Space Station 3D Space Station 3D is a 2002 Canadian-American 3D short documentary film about the International Space Station written, produced, edited, and directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Tom Cruise, it is ...more

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For All Mankind Buzz Aldrin, Gus Grissom, Alan Bean For All Mankind is a 1989 documentary film documenting the Apollo missions of NASA. It was directed by Al Reinert with music by Brian Eno. The film provides 80 minutes of real NASA footage, ...more

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UFO: the Greatest Story Ever Denied UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied is a 2006 documentary film written and directed by Jose Escamilla.

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UFO Files

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Life Beyond Earth Timothy Ferris Life Beyond Earth is a documentary by Timothy Ferris that first appeared on PBS in 1999.

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Turning Point: Race to the Moon: the Tragedy of Apollo One

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Mission to Mir: IMAX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Space
Mission to Mir: IMAX Shannon Lucid, Gennadi Strekalov, Charlie Precourt Mission to Mir is a 1997 documentary film about the Mir Space Station.

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Destiny in Space Destiny in Space is a 70mm Canadian IMAX documentary film released in 1994. The film was written by Toni Myers, directed by Academy Award-winner Ben Burtt, and narrated by Leonard Nimoy. The ...more

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Out of the Present Sergei Krikalev Out of the Present is a 1996 documentary film written and directed by Andrei Ujica.

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michael-koebnick added Seconds From Disaster Seconds from Disaster is an American documentary television series that first began broadcasting in 2004 on the National Geographic Channel. The program investigates historically relevant ...more

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Race to the Moon: American Experience Joe Morton

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Hail Columbia!: IMAX James Whitmore Hail Columbia!: IMAX is a 1982 short documentary film written by Roman Kroitor and directed by Graeme Ferguson.

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The Dream Is Alive The Dream is Alive is an IMAX movie, released in June 1985, about NASA's Space Shuttle program. The film was narrated by Walter Cronkite, and directed by Graeme Ferguson.

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Moon Shot Moon Shot is a chronicle of the space race, as seen from the perspective of astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, through archival film footage and photos and interviews with the people ...more

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The Astronomers

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Asteroids: Deadly Impact Every year, millions of asteroids and comets or ''stray bullets'' streak through the skies, and tons of small meteorites strike our planet! Some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs were wiped off ...more

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Lost Moon: the Triumph of Apollo 13

The Future: Science, Fantasy or Fiction?

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Our Century Our Century is a 1983 documentary film written and directed by Artavazd Peleshian.

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Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not An Option 2 Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 2 is a 2005 documentary film written and directed by Rushmore DeNooyer.

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3D John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D is a 2005 IMAX 3D documentary film about the first humans on the Moon, the twelve astronauts in the Apollo program. It is co-written, produced and ...more

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An Arctic Space Odyssey

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Failure Is Not an Option Failure Is Not an Option is a presentation on the History Channel documenting the United States' space program with insights from the flight engineers, project managers, flight controllers, ...more

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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Out of the Blue Out of the Blue is a feature-length documentary on the UFO phenomenon which premiered in theatres in July 2002 and, was first shown on television in June 2003. It was produced by American ...more

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DreamWaves

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Sputnik Fever is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Space
Sputnik Fever

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Hyperspace

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Horizon: the Man Who Lost His Body

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BLAST! Blast! is a 2008 film directed by Paul Devlin.

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ahmeteminsarimustafa added Fahrenheit 9/11 Fahrenheit 9/11 is a 2004 documentary film by American filmmaker and director and political commentator Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War ...more

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Nostalgia For The Light Nostalgia for the Light is a 2010 documentary drama written and directed by Patricio Guzmán. "In Chile, at three thousand metres altitude, astronomers from all over the world gather ...more

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Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On the Moon?

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Space Night

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Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy Elliott Gould, Sergei Khrushchev

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Orphans of Apollo Orphans of Apollo is a documentary film directed and produced by Michael Potter, co-directed by Becky Neiman and edited by Todd Jones describes how a band of entrepreneurs tried to privatize the ...more