When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

June 2015

S1 Ep6 - Home In Space

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Home in Space - One of the most complex instruments ever built, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to transform our understanding of the Universe. But once it is in orbit, NASA discovers a serious problem, a defective main mirror that leaves Hubble short-sighted. NASA sends a team of astronauts to fix the problem, but it won't be easy. It is their greatest and highest profile mission since the Apollo era. It gives NASA the confidence to begin construction on the International Space Station....

S1 Ep5 - The Shuttle

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The Shuttle - For its first 20 years, NASA launches capsules carrying a maximum of three people. But new requirements for a bigger cargo bay prompt a breakthrough in spacecraft design. The development of the reusable shuttle leads to a revolutionary approach to space travel, but somebody has to test fly it in space for the first time, so they call on veteran test pilot, John Young. NASA's manned programs are again leading the way, but space travel remains as dangerous as ever and tragedy again ...

S1 Ep4 - The Explorers

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The Explorers - Now that NASA has mastered the lunar round trip, they want to explore more of the moon's mysteries. With Apollo 13, they face their biggest crisis in space - returning a damaged spacecraft back safely to earth. Undaunted, NASA launches more moon missions and a new lunar rover that allows wide-ranging lunar surface expeditions. Apollo 17 is the longest moon mission and the last time man would set foot on the moon for generations. In a new phase of the space program, NASA converts...
May 2015

S1 Ep3 - Landing The Eagle

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Landing the Eagle - The Apollo program is set to achieve the ultimate prize of the Space Race, landing men on the moon. But a fire breaks out in the pressurised capsule of Apollo 1, resulting in the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. However, NASA's astronauts and engineers turn tragedy into triumph with the first manned launch of the formidable Saturn V rocket, lifting three astronauts into deep space for the first time. Two missions later and NASA is ready to land men on the ...

S1 Ep2 - Friends And Rivals

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Friends and Rivals - Forty years on from the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, this visually stunning series reveals the majesty of space like never before. In this episode, nine new astronauts arrive at NASA. Their mission? Test the procedures required to land men on the moon and bring them safely back to earth. Each Gemini mission launches two men into space, leading to some of NASA's greatest moments: Ed White's spacewalk, the first orbital rendezvous of Gemini 6 and 7, and Neil Armstrong's f...

S1 Ep1 - Ordinary Supermen

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Ordinary Supermen - Forty years on from the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, this visually stunning series reveals the majesty of space like never before. In the first episode, NASA selects seven men to become astronauts - all test pilots who are prepared to risk their lives. No one has ever survived a vertical launch on top of a rocket, but it's believed to be the only way to put an astronaut into the earth’s orbit. The Mercury Seven, NASA and America's first astronauts, are on a journey into ...