Best Space Documentaries

Aspiring astronauts and science enthusiasts will love these stellar documentaries about space. You won't find any alien attacks or UFO conspiracy theories in these movies. Instead, 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 Movie Poster Image
Moon-landing docu has awesome footage but may bore kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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A Beautiful Planet Movie Poster Image
Stunning look at Earth -- and man's sobering impact on it.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Fight for Space Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful docu about space program urges return to cosmos.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Journey to Space Movie Poster Image
Stunning visuals in short docu about modern space program.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The Farthest: Voyager in Space Movie Poster Image
Fascinating docu on the history and discoveries of Voyager.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Hubble 3D Movie Poster Image
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 Movie Poster Image
Lofty recap of the Apollo moon program.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds TV Poster Image
Visually stunning existential explorations dig deep.
Network: National Geographic Channel, Fox
(2020)
(2020)
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The Last Man on the Moon Movie Poster Image
Awe-inspiring, insightful docu spotlights American astronaut
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Mars Generation Movie Poster Image
Docu follows teens at NASA space camp; some peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Mercury 13 Movie Poster Image
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 Movie Poster Image
Riveting documentary about NASA pioneers in '60s and '70s.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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First to the Moon Movie Poster Image
Informative docu on Apollo 8 is too slow for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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MARS TV Poster Image
Outstanding Mars mission series has suspenseful moments.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2016)
(2016)
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