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 film or space docuseries 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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Space
Nova: Earth from Space

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David McNab
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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Cosmic Voyage Bayley Silleck
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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Toni Myers
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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Al Reinert
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 Jose Escamilla
UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied is a 2006 documentary film written and directed by Jose Escamilla.

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Mission to Mir: IMAX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Space
Mission to Mir: IMAX Ivan Galin
Mission to Mir is a 1997 documentary film about the Mir Space Station.

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Ben Burtt, James Neihouse
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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Lost Moon: the Triumph of Apollo 13

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

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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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Apollo 11 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Space
Todd Douglas Miller
Apollo 11 is a 2019 American documentary film edited, produced, and directed by Todd Douglas Miller. It focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight to land people on the moon.

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UFO Files

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The Dream Is Alive Graeme Ferguson
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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Asteroids: Deadly Impact Eitan Weinreich
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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The Astronomers

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Turning Point: Race to the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Space
Turning Point: Race to the Moon: the Tragedy of Apollo One

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Out of the Present Andrei Ujic─â
Out of the Present is a 1996 documentary film written and directed by Andrei Ujica.

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

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Race to the Moon: American Experience Kevin Michael Kertscher

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

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Moon Shot Kirk Wolfinger
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