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10 Exciting Space Documentaries for a Journey to the Beyond

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If you developed a fascination for space and the universe after watching Interstellar, then we might have something for you! Although Gravity and 2001: A Space Odyssey are not space documentaries, they can help you learn what lies beyond?

The universe is indeed a subject of fascination. Every day, scientists and researchers are unraveling various mysteries of the objects and beings (supposedly) lurking in the vast space. When we think of our enigmatic universe, we cannot stop wondering what lies beyond our home planet? Enters space documentaries.

Everyone is not a fan of documentaries—space documentaries being the exception. You can learn a lot about our universe by watching them. Therefore, to help ease the process, we have curated a list of 10 space documentaries that you can binge-watch with your family and squad. So, grab your tubs of popcorn and draw the sheets for we are about to take off on an intriguing journey to the vastness.

List of 10 Space Documentaries

Space Documentaries
  1. Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey
  2. The Planets
  3. Alien Worlds
  4. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
  5. The Last Man on the Moon
  6. NOVA: Blackhole Apocalypse
  7. The Mars Generation
  8. Death Dive to Saturn
  9. Bonus: Behind the curve
  10. Exoplanets: Thousands Of New Worlds
  1. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

Runtime: 13 Episodes (45 Mins each)

Watch on: YouTube

Split into 13 informative episodes in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s narration, Cosmos is one of the best space documentaries. It is a follow-up to the documentary series Cosmos (with Carl Sagan in 1980). The show is produced by Fox and National Geographic and consists of a series of small documentaries that are truly binge-watch-worthy. The show won 4 Emmy awards after it was broadcast back in March 2014.

  1. The Planets (2019)

Runtime: 5 episodes (58 mins each)

Watch on: BBC

The second to be on the list of compelling space documentaries is The Planets. It is narrated by the famous English physicist Brian Cox and takes us on a 5 episode long adventure around our solar system. Forget the galaxies, black holes and neutron stars, this series focuses solely on the complete history of the planets inside our home solar system. From the scorched lands of Mercury to the distant Icy planets, you will know everything there is to know about those intriguing worlds.

  1. Alien Worlds (2020)

Runtime: 4 Episodes (45 Mins each)

Watch on: Netflix

Alien Worlds is a 4-part docu-series that explores the different ways that life could develop on exoplanets. The documentary follows scientists (astronomers, astrobiologists, ecologists, etc.) researching the laws of life on Earth while imagining what life would look like if these laws were applied to widely different worlds.

  1. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

Runtime: 1hr 41 mins

Watch on: Netflix

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo takes us to the heart of the Apollo mission and pays homage to mission control: a group of men and women who worked tirelessly to put a man on the moon. This space documentary brings a lot of interesting information about space flights into the light. In fact, it is also listed among many other compelling and binge-worthy space documentaries.

  1. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

Runtime: 1hr 39 mins

Watch on: Netflix

The Last Man on the Moon is one of the intriguing space documentaries. It delves into the life of Gene Cernan, who was part of the Apollo 17 mission, the last time humans walked on the surface of the moon. What makes this documentary worth watching is the fact that we are able to see space exploration from a different angle: the pressure that an astronaut’s lifestyle and ambitions can put on his family.

  1. NOVA: Blackhole Apocalypse (2018)

Runtime: 1hr 52 mins

Watch on: Netflix

NOVA: Blackhole Apocalypse does a good job of explaining the mechanism of black holes. One of the best space documentaries, it goes back in history, from the discovery of the first black hole to the detection of gravitational waves by LIGO following the merging of two black holes. The astronomers explain how they affect galaxies in a comprehensive yet entertaining way.

  1. The Mars Generation (2017)

Runtime: 1hr 37 mins

Watch on: Netflix

The Mars Generation follows the life of a group of young space enthusiasts at Space Camp in Alabama. The show explores the different astronaut training that those kids are going through under the guidance of experienced mentors. A few serious topics are being talked about, like the explosion of Columbia and Challenger, but this documentary is a good watch for parents whose kids are passionate about space and wish to become an astronaut.

  1. Death Dive to Saturn (2017)

Runtime: 0.53 hr

Watch on: Netflix

Death Dive to Saturn focuses on the famous 5000 tonnes probe Cassini and its 13 years spent exploring and observing Saturn up close just before its final descent into the top cloud of the gaseous planet. The documentary goes into great detail about Saturn and Cassini, and it was certainly interesting to learn more about what is probably the most successful interplanetary mission to this day.

  1. Bonus: Behind the Curve (2018)​

Runtime: 1hr 36 mins

Watch on: Netflix

Behind the Curve is not about space entirely but rather about flat earther and follows the life of two ‘famous’ flat earther, Mark Sargent and Patricia Steere. This documentary entertains an amateur astronomer because many of their tests to prove that the Earth is flat fail and they always seem to find explanations for this. But at the end of the day, people are free to believe what they want to believe.

  1. Exoplanets: Thousands of New Worlds (2020)

Runtime: 54 mins

Watch on: Amazon Prime

The last to be on the list of compelling space documentaries is Exoplanets: Thousands of New Worlds. The documentary follows some of the scientists who contributed to the development of different tools, software and techniques that allows us to find new exoplanets on a regular basis. It also shows exactly how astronomers would discover a new planet or another world.

This concludes our list of compelling and binge-worthy space documentaries. There are many other space documentaries that answer most of the intriguing questions making you fall in love with space and the universe.