When We Left Earth examines the history of American spaceflight starting with the X-15 rocket plane and the Mercury program.

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Himself - X-15 Test Pilot
Gene Kranz ...
Himself - Assistant Flight Director
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Himself - Mercury Astronaut
Jay Barbree ...
Himself - Space Correspondant
Christopher Kraft ...
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Scott Carpenter ...
Himself - Mercury Astronaut
Glynn Lunney ...
Himself - Flight Controller
Lowell Grissom ...
Himself - Gus Grissom's Brother
Jim Lewis ...
Himself - Helicopter Pilot
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Gordon Cooper ...
Himself (archive footage)
Yuri Gagarin ...
Himself (archive footage)
Annie Glenn ...
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Gus Grissom ...
Himself (archive footage)
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When We Left Earth examines the history of American spaceflight starting with the X-15 rocket plane and the Mercury program.

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8 June 2008 (USA)  »

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Gene Kranz: Most of us came in from aircraft flight test. We knew nothing about rocketry, we knew nothing about spacecraft, we knew nothing about orbits.
Narrator: Gene Kranz joins the Flight Director's team in NASA's earliest days.
Gene Kranz: So it was a question of learning to drink from a fire hose. We had to learn all about trajectories; I'd never heard the term "retrofire," coming on down from orbit, getting the spacecraft back home.
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