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Mercury: Ordinary Supermen 

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

Directors:

Mary Crisp, Nick Green

Writer:

Ed Fields (series writer)

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Cast

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

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dangerous Films See more »
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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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