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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: There was grave doubt in about 98 percent of the medical community that a man could perform a task while flying in zero gravity; that he would have trouble seeing, that he would have trouble swallowing, he would have trouble breathing, he would have trouble talking . . . we had to prove to the medical community that man would survive in the first place.
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