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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 Glynn Lunney ... Himself - Flight Controller
Lowell Grissom 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 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 »

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Production Co:

Dangerous Films See more »
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Jay Barbree: [about the Mercury Seven] You knew these guys. You lived with these guys, you socialized with them. They were the story. Wally Schirra made the best textbook flight of them all. Alan Shepard, extremely smart. Scott Carpenter, the first scientist astronaut. Gordo Cooper, the best pilot of the bunch. Deke, great human being in every way. Gus Grissom, engineering savvy. John Glenn, probably the most level-headed.
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