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When We Left Earth – The NASA Missions

June 21, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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Since the dawn of mankind, we have stared up at the lights in the sky and wondered… Now join the heroic men and women who have dared the impossible on some of the greatest adventures ever undertaken – the quest to reach out beyond Earth and into the great unknown of space! To celebrate 50 years of incredible achievements, the Discovery Channel has partnered with NASA to reveal the epic struggles, tragedies and triumphs in a bold chapter of human history. Along with the candid interviews of the people who made it happen, hundreds of hours of never-before-seen film footage from the NASA archives – including sequences on board the actual spacecraft in flight – have been carefully restored, edited and compiled fo… More >>

When We Left Earth – The NASA Missions

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5 Responses to “When We Left Earth – The NASA Missions”
  1. only comes up to HD Quality on space shuttle disc.Most other material

    rehash mostly seen before
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. The availability of so many footages in a package makes this edition a “must have” . However, the edition does not really take advantage of the blu ray format. Too many files are simply pasted on the disc, and frankly enough, there is no bonus havio=ng a Blu ray vs. a DVD, or in some cases a VHS. Only the last shutle missions are to what looks HD standard, and are really up to what one can expect in such a format. Digital restoration /interpolation is what I expected and I was therefore very disappointed. On the other hand , it is still worth having so much in such a small volume. Buy it, but do not expect too much HQ from the first 3 discs
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Bigleager says:

    A good rememberance of past space flight.

    I don’t know if it is worth $40.00 for Blue ray. DVD would be fine.

    Will probably watch it again though.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Alex Caride says:

    I’m an English teacher at the elementary level in Puerto Rico and my students had been reading about Christa McAuliffe and Mae Jemison during the same week Puerto Rican astrounaut Joseph Acabá had gone to space. This video provided, among many great things, excellent images about what astronauts go through, about NASA, and more impressively, the story behind the Challenger disaster. My students were motivated to do the readings and learn more. Deffinitely a great addition to my class.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Believe it or not I probably know as much if not more then anyone in the general public about the space program then many.I kept up with it continually even during the many “slack periods” NASA experienced between the Hubble telescope fiasco (covered here in great detail) all the way up to the initial construction of ISS in the late 90’s. Basically this documentary is provides us with some of the most incredible NASA footage ever esembled. Much of it,especially from the Project Mercury-through-moon landing era is quite aged and required special remastering and an incredible job.Also the addition of unseen footage is wonderful and NOT just still photo’s as is sometimes the case in the “brand new footage” issue.Particularly for me as a huge junkie of the glory days of the space program the extended footage of the Gemini rendevous and and showroom new views of the astronauts riding the lunar rover-made me want to jump into the scene and ride along with them,truly!There were some bits of information from the years I stopped paying rapt attention to NASA’s missions,especially the very depressing Columbia disaster.But not to close things over,no matter how many times I see it it’s those first space walks,the lunar moduale on landing and taking off from the moon and the astronauts training for those historic mission that truly give me goosebumps. As for my personal review of this DVD that is the positive side of it and it’s a lot. The negatives here are actually not as big as I am about to make them sound:keep in mind I am also adding history from my perspective.The Discovery Channel and narrator Gary Sinise seem to be intent on making sure there that everything is presented in the most positive light,especially discussing the early years of the space program.Fact is that even during the moon missions (as discussed on Deke Slayton’s brilliant but OOP Moon Shot: The Inside Story of the Apollo Project (1994)) the US space program was always putting the cart before the horse in order to meet JFK’s innovative (but somewhat short sighted) deadline for the moon landing. That is skimmed over,as is the resulting Apollo 1 disaster.Also much of the 70’s in NASA is similarly skimmed over;it tends to make everything look as if between skylab and the first space shuttle test flights in the late 70’s nothing happened. For more info on the consequences of Nixon’s budget cuts and public backlash at the space program after the Apollo project,look for the probably impossible to find 1988 Lyn Shurr ABC News Closeup “Beyond The Shuttle” as well Nova’s 1989 “Space Race”;both don’t dwell on the negative as much as one thinks and were made to try to bring a renewed sense of hope,seeing as both were made shortly after the Challenger disaster. That brings to mind the next gap-this time the omission of one of NASA’s big triumphs;the 1988 shuttle Discovery mission that put the shuttle program back on track after the Rodgers Commision NASA investigation following Challanger. On VHS I still have incredible,detailed footage of that Discovery flight;it was an amazing launch and mission that deserved inclusion.Also the historical mission of Astronaut Mae Jamison is never mentioned,to say nothing of the controversial but historically important Mercury 13,the often neglected first all female astronaut core who,before the feminist era never made a flight into space. Oh and no Sally Ride? I realize this documentary didn’t have the time to cover every detail but at I must point out my reason for deducting a star;the historic Apollo-Soyuz mission that represented an important warm hearted gesture during the cold war,not to mention the ground Deke Slayton’s very first (and last) mission into space. I can deal with the space race aspect of NASA’s missions barely being covered but to me Apollo-Soyuz was the ideal example of world peace in space in the 70’s and a definate show of faith to the naysayers of the time who asked why space travel was so much more important then Earthly social problems-the ANSWER was in Apollo-Soyuz!!!!!Sorry but that is a key emission.But hey;the makers of persian rugs always leave one stitch unsewn so their inventions will not be perfect. Maybe that was why there were so many omissions here,in addition to time constraints.But what is presented here is brilliantly essembled and remastered presentation that should be expanded on to include more on these omissions in the future.That would be something I’d LOVE to see!
    Rating: 4 / 5

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