Best Space Documentaries to Watch Right Now

Best Space Documentaries

If you are looking for movies with both science and emotions, then Space Documentaries is your answer. There is a whole collection of Space Documentaries for you to watch right now. 

The fascination that one gets from knowing about this universe cannot be explained in words. The stars, planets, their moons, and how can I forget? The marvelous Nebulas. WOW! It’s the only expression that one can imagine having seen them. A whole lot of time and science evolved us into what we are today. But you know what we are? The stardust that made this whole freaking universe!

The Best Space Documentaries to Watch Right Now are-

  • Apollo 11
  • How The Universe Works
  • The Year Of Pluto
  • Unacknowledged
  • The Last Man On The Moon
  • The Farthest
  • The Search For Life In Space
  • Challenger: The Final Flight
  • The Martian

Have you ever heard ‘Space is Hard’? Doesn’t matter if you are a space fanatic or not. From asking questions like – How can man reach outer space? How can man reach the moon? What are black holes? To now actually know the answers and seeing the high definition pictures on our phones. This whole journey is nerve-wracking and amazing. As challenging and impossible as these stories may seem, a bunch of extraordinary minds made these happen, alive and going. Here’s a list of Best Space Documentaries ever –

Best Space Documentaries To Watch Right Now

1. Apollo 11

Best Space Documentaries: Apollo 11
Source: History

Released in 2019, this documentary on the man’s first step on the moon is a must-watch on the Best Space Documentaries list. Directed by award-winning Todd Douglas Miller, this American documentary covers the whole journey of the five astronauts right from the day of launch till they are back on Earth. With an IMDb rating of 8.2, this documentary grossed over $15 million and was awarded Sundance Film Festival, British Academy Film Award, and Independent Spirit Awards, to name a few.

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2. How The Universe Works

Best Space Documentaries: How the Universe Works
Source: Morty’s TV

This is an ongoing docuseries with 9 seasons and has an IMDb rating of 8.9. This should probably tell you how addicting this series is when we tell you its first season was aired in 2010, and its ninth season premiered in March 2020. Narrated primarily by Mike Rowe, this series covers the subject from the Big Bang to Dark Matter to the world of Nebulas. It gives you the basics of the entire system and raises that intrigues us to know more about the universe. So if you want to be someone who knows-it-all, this one’s for you.

3. The Year Of Pluto

Best Space Documentaries: The Year Of Pluto
Source: Documentary Heaven

The Year Of Pluto is a 58 min long documentary by New Horizons on the dwarf planet that gives you more than just a glimpse of Pluto and its 6 moons. It dives into the story of the planning and executing the launch of a spacecraft reaching Pluto and how it explored the Kuiper Belt. With an IMDb rating of 8.4, this documentary got science lovers excited, and we are sure it will astonish you too.

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4. Unacknowledged

Best Space Documentaries: Unacknowledged
Source: tv.apple.com

We rarely see ourselves and people around us believe in aliens. A lot of us don’t even bother thinking about them. This documentary is released in 2017, narrated by Steven M. Greer, who discloses multiple authentic pieces of evidence of UFOs and aliens, and their visits to Earth. He also explains how and why this news is always kept hidden from the mainstream media and the people of this planet. It has got an IMDb rating of 7, and we can say it does bring a whole bunch of news that is entirely new to our conventional perception of aliens. 

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5. The Last Man On The Moon

Source: YouTube

In December 1972, Eugene Cernan, an American astronaut, a naval aviator, an electrical engineer, an aeronautical engineer, and a fighter pilot. This non-fictional piece is based on him because he was the last man to step on the moon. This movie is a lot more than just a space documentary, as the trailer itself says, ‘A story of love, loss and burning ambition.’ Having an IMDb score of 7.4 out of 10, we can tell you are definitely in for a treat if you’re watching this.

6. The Farthest

Best Space Documentaries: The Fartherest
Source: American Astronomical Society

The documentary released in 2017 is based on two space probes created to go out of our Solar System. Launched in 1977, the hype created by Voyager I and Voyager II always went beyond our home, for the desire of exploration into this massive yet undiscovered universe. Written and Directed by Emer Reynolds, this documentary has an IMDb rating of 8.1, which makes it a must-have in your Best Space Documentaries to watch. 

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7. The Search For Life In Space

Best Space Documentaries: The Search for life in the space
Source: Cosmos Documentaries

Hello from the children of planet Earth‘- this is how the theme is introduced to the viewers. For more than a decade, scientists and astronomers have looked for a tiny ray of hope, of life beyond our beautiful Earth. In this documentary, a team of astrobiologists discovers the possibilities of life within and beyond us. It is an effort made in the path of answering questions like- How are we made? Where did we come from? Where are we going? The Search For Life In Space will help you give a fresh perspective on the subject and explore some new possibilities.

8. Challenger: The Final Flight

Best Space Documentaries: Challenger: The Final Flight
Source: Rocket Rundown

In January 1986, a Space Shuttle Orbiter named Challenger disintegrated and exploded during its launch, killing the seven-member crew instantly. Christa McAuliffe, a schoolteacher and an astronaut from New Hampshire, who was also a crew member, was the First Female teacher in space when she died within 73 seconds of the launch thirty-seven. This documentary covers this tragedy that scrutinized Nasa’s reputation and gave a setback to all the Americans. Released in September 2020, this docu-series with four episodes has been rated 7.9 by IMDb.  

9. The Martian

Best Space Documentaries: The Martian
Source: Forbes

The Martian is a fictional space movie directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon. It’s a story about an astronaut who is left behind on mars alone. And he manages to keep himself alive and healthy (Spoiler Alert- he eats potatoes grown from his poop ). But that’s not it; it is an inspiring story that will instigate the hidden willpower in you. It was a financial success with an IMDb rating of 8 and a box-office collection of $63.2 crores.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all Space Documentaries true?

Yes, most of the documentaries are true. But you can easily get confused in Space Documentaries and fictional movies based on space like Interstellar and Avatar.

Where can I watch Space Documentaries?

You can easily watch documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Are Space Documentaries free to watch?

It depends on the platform on which you are watching. If you are watching it on youtube, then it will be free for you to watch it. But if you are watching Netflix or Amazon, or Hulu App, you would have to pay for the subscription.

Final Thought

Universe has given us so much to learn, to adore, to live, and to be. 

If you look at Earth from outer space, you will find it as a teeny-tiny dot, and it will make you realize how small and forgettable is our existence. Still, after watching these Best Space Documentaries, you will surely find a different meaning to your life and more reasons for learning from all the great people who made impossible things happen. 

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About Shivangi Gupta 277 Articles
My name is Shivangi Gupta and I am a student of English Literature. I loved reading from a very young age and my fascination with stories and experiences is never-ending. Literature, for me, is not just stories but the life experiences and expectations of different people from time and beyond. I believe that literature brings an essence in the life of which, most people are unaware. Writing is not just a passion but a way of learning and swotting new things. I have been writing research papers for international journals since 2018. Covering topics from the old age cultures of the Anglo-Saxons to the goods and bad of the latest technology and gadgets.

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