The 10 best space documentaries show the vastness of the universe and mankind’s struggle to understand it. A good space documentary should include not only the things we know, but also question those which are yet unanswered. Below is a list of the 10 best space documentaries.

  1. "The Planets." This documentary series uses computer generated images and interviews with scientists to discuss our solar system. The graphics alone are impressive, but its unbiased, honest portrayal of scientific discovery of space makes it one of the best space documentaries.

  2. "Cosmos." Narrated by Carl Sagan and based on one of his books, this documentary shows mankind’s evolution as it pertains to space. While perhaps a little dated, this movie does not attempt to answer questions, but rather raise them and create an interest in scientific study. A must-watch film for individuals interested in the general science of the world as well as space.

  3. "If We Had No Moon." This documentary is not so much concerned with how things are as we know it, but what they could be. Narrated by none other than Patrick Stewart, X-Men’s Professor X, this film analyzes what the world might be like if we had no moon. The movie’s interesting focus makes this movie one of the best space documentaries.

  4. "The Universe Series." Made by the History Channel, this mini-series documentary progresses from where mankind began their studies of space, through the moon landing until today. Computer graphics and videos and photos from space are used to show what we already know, but also demonstrate that this knowledge might be inapplicable to recent developments in space.  

  5. "Seeing in the Dark." Intended to introduce viewers to stargazing, this space documentary puts almost no distance between the camera and space. Watchers are provided with a glimpse into the complexity of starts, and encouraged to question just how much might be out there that we can’t even see.

  6. "For All Mankind." A documentary of the Apollo mission, this movie’s footage actually comes from the videos shot by the individuals on the flight. The film’s focus, though, is on the individuals and not space itself. The human-focus of this documentary makes it one of the best about space.

  7. "The Elegant Universe." This space documentary is so popular because it makes highly-scientific theories more understandable. The main question asked in this film is whether the study of science should be scientific or philosophical. For making viewers question their beliefs about space, "The Elegant Universe" is one of the best space documentaries.

  8. "Ascent of Man." A purely scientific analysis of the evolution of mankind from when we first walked upright to the creation of computers, the "Ascent of Man" includes analysis of how space impacts humanity. Wonderful for its academic viewpoint, the film is one of the best documentaries about space.

  9. "When We Left the Earth: The NASA Missions." This documentary focuses on the development of the space program. Interviews with astronauts detail the experience of being on a flight. Videos of in-flight action make this movie fascinating and one of the best space documentaries.   

  10. "In the Shadow of the Moon." This film takes viewers on the walk that the astronauts and scientists that accepted former President Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon. The pitfalls and successes of the team are included. Interviews with former astronauts make this movie fascinating. "In the Shadow of the Moon" is a great space documentary because of its demonstration of the nation’s focus on a single idea.