When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions


A six-episode documentary that traces the exciting history of our journey into space.

From the space race of NASA’s early history to the most recent triumphs and tragedies of space exploration, Discovery Channel’s When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions breaks our cosmic journey into six digestible episodes.

Though a documentary, it holds the terrifying excitement of a Hollywood sci-fi movie. It resonates even further through gripping historical footage and interviews with those who were there walking on the moon, engineering shuttles, and working hard to bring our space travelers back to earth safely.

I do recommend it for older children; however, there is something special about the miniseries that may entice a younger crowd as well. I watched with an eight-year-old (probable future engineer and NASA fanboy) and a five-year-old who had no interest in the topic. Even though the younger couldn’t care less about space exploration, he was engrossed in the heartfelt storytelling that was woven into the hard facts of the documentary, and followed the human journey with curiosity and suspense.