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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 ... Himself (as Chris Kraft)
Scott Carpenter Scott Carpenter ... Himself - Mercury Astronaut
Glynn Lunney ... Himself - Flight Controller
Lowell Grissom ... Himself - Gus Grissom's Brother
Jim Lewis Jim Lewis ... Himself - Helicopter Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself
Gordon Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Yuri Gagarin ... Himself (archive footage)
Annie Glenn Annie Glenn ... Herself (archive footage)
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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dangerous Films See more »
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Christopher Kraft: I saw a lot of rockets launched. I'd say that somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of them failed. A lot of them came up off the pad and went the opposite direction. Some of them got halfway off the pad and blew up, some of them got to 10 000 feet and turned the other way and blew up.
John Glenn: We're looking at this thing and we're looking at each other and deciding we want to go back and talk to the engineers a little more before we go further.
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