When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions: Season 1, Episode 1

Mercury: Ordinary Supermen (8 Jun. 2008)

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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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Episode credited cast:
Himself - X-15 Test Pilot
Gene Kranz ...
Himself - Assistant Flight Director
Himself - Mercury Astronaut
Himself - Space Correspondant
Christopher Kraft ...
Himself (as Chris Kraft)
Scott Carpenter ...
Himself - Mercury Astronaut
Glynn Lunney ...
Himself - Flight Controller
Lowell Grissom ...
Himself - Gus Grissom's Brother
Jim Lewis ...
Himself - Helicopter Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Cooper ...
Himself (archive footage)
Yuri Gagarin ...
Himself (archive footage)
Annie Glenn ...
Herself (archive footage)
Gus Grissom ...
Himself (archive footage)


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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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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