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Photos: 17 realistic movies about NASA and space exploration

NASA: Exploring space for over 60 years

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history when they successfully landed and walked on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. Mankind came together to celebrate on that momentous day, and millions were inspired by the amazing achievement.

NASA has long been exploring outer space and pushing the limits of what we thought was possible. From the early days of Project Mercury and the Space Race (PDF), to supporting the International Space Station, to preparing to send a manned mission to Mars, NASA is leading the charge in the US for aerospace research and aeronautics.  

The following biopics, documentaries, and dramatizations pay tribute to our accomplishments in space and attempt to predict where we may go next. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but rather a collection of films that portray NASA and space exploration in a realistic manner.

Image: NASA

By Kristen Lotze

Kristen Lotze is a former Associate Writer for TechRepublic. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and previously worked as an intern in the Marketing and Communications department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.