Best Space Documentaries

Aspiring astronauts and science enthusiasts will love these stellar documentaries about space. These films look at amazing feats of discovery and exploration, from landing on the moon to building telescopes that can see far beyond our galaxy. These true stories also introduce some of the brave and intelligent scientists and astronauts who made it possible to explore our vast universe by using their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills. But even those who struggle with science can enjoy the gorgeous views of the cosmos and our planet from above. And for more out-of-this-world picks like Cosmos, try our list of the Best Science Shows for Kids.

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Apollo 11

age 5+

Moon-landing docu has awesome footage but may bore kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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A Beautiful Planet

age 6+

Stunning look at Earth -- and man's sobering impact on it.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Fight for Space

age 8+

Thoughtful docu about space program urges return to cosmos.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Journey to Space

age 8+

Stunning visuals in short docu about modern space program.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Roving Mars

age 8+

NASA sends robots to explore Mars in IMAX docu.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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The Farthest: Voyager in Space

age 9+

Fascinating docu on the history and discoveries of Voyager.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Hubble 3D

age 9+

Space lands on Earth in 3-D glory in this kid-friendly docu.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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In the Shadow of the Moon

age 9+

Lofty recap of the Apollo moon program.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds

age 10+

Visually stunning existential explorations dig deep.

Network: National Geographic Channel, Fox (2020)
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The Last Man on the Moon

age 10+

Awe-inspiring, insightful docu spotlights American astronaut

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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The Mars Generation

age 10+

Docu follows teens at NASA space camp; some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Mercury 13

age 10+

Inspiring docu about '60s female pilots who faced sexism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

age 10+

Riveting documentary about NASA pioneers in '60s and '70s.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Red Heaven

age 10+

Docu about Mars experiment shows toll of isolation.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know

age 11+

Teams studying black holes make breakthroughs in worthy doc.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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First to the Moon

age 12+

Informative docu on Apollo 8 is too slow for younger kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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MARS

age 13+

Outstanding Mars mission series has suspenseful moments.

Network: National Geographic Channel (2016)
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Return to Space

age 13+

Elon Musk's SpaceX takes flight; some language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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