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Frank Borman ...
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Jay Barbree ...
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Charles Duke ...
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John Young ...
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Jim McDivitt ...
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Jeffrey Hoffman ...
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Ed Weiler ...
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Susan Borman ...
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Robert Gibson ...
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Barbara Morgan ...
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Valerie Anders ...
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Robert L. Crippen ...
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Alan Bean ...
 Himself - Apollo 12 (1 episode, 2008)
Fred Haise ...
 Himself - Apollo 13 (1 episode, 2008)
Milt Heflin ...
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Kathryn Thornton ...
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Jerry Linenger ...
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Scott Carpenter ...
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Joe Kerwin ...
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David Wolf ...
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Scott E. Parazynski ...
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Scott D. Altman ...
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Lowell Grissom ...
 Himself - Gus Grissom's Brother (1 episode, 2008)
Al Worden ...
 Himself - Apollo 15 (1 episode, 2008)
Jim Lewis ...
 Himself - Helicopter Pilot (1 episode, 2008)
Michael E. López-Alegría ...
 Himself - ISS Commander (1 episode, 2008)
Ken Bowersox ...
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Owen Garriott ...
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Steve Hawley ...
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Jon Clark ...
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Kathy Sullivan ...
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Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early quest of the Mercury program to put a man in space, to the historic moon landings, through the Soyuz link-up and the first un-tethered space walk by Bruce McCandless, this is how the space age came of age. The vivid HD series features vintage rushes and all the key onboards filmed by the astronauts themselves. The sequences are captured by cameras onboard the spaceships, enabling the series to tell the stories in a depth never seen before. Written by Official Site

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Humanistic perspective on U.S. space program
9 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series. Unlike many shows on space exploration in which the focus is on space itself, this series was presented with an emphasis on the people who were involved to make it happen. Viewers are treated to personal behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations of space program from the perspective of the people who were there. Personal anecdotes and experiences are interspersed throughout the series. I often found myself saying, "Oh, I didn't know that." For example, describing what Allen Shepperd said to Mission Control before his first take-off was amusing.

This is an American show produced from the American perspective. Sorry to break it to some people but contrary to worldwide belief, America is NOT the world's country. When America says "We" it doesn't mean Russia, Canada, Europe, China, and Japan too. America is entitled to tell its own history without having to include everyone else's too. Russia is welcome to produce its own space program documentary. And when they do, I don't expect it to include shots of Cape Canaveral or soundbites from John Glenn.


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