Watch More Incredible Space Footage In 'For All Mankind'

If the grainy footage of today's Atlantis Space Shuttle launch left you wanting more, we strongly urge you to watch Al Reinert's 1989 space exploration documentary, For All Mankind. Scored by Brian Eno and narrated by multiple astronauts from the Apollo missions, including Jim Lovell, the idea for the film came to Reinert when he discovered that NASA had been sitting on millions of feet of unseen film. Footage from all six missions was spliced together to create one seemingly complete mission experience.

"We choose to go to the moon." With those words, spoken on the Rice University football field in Houston, Texas, John F. Kennedy rallied a nation behind the idea of manned space exploration. It's an appropriate opening to the film, which, along with emotional testimonies from the astronauts, shows us not just the beauty of space, but what it means for us to leave earth and make our mark on the stars. Please enjoy:


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Daniel D. Snyder is a writer based in New Mexico.

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