9 of the Best Space Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now

Apollo 11 features never-before-seen footage and audio of astronauts Michael Collins (left), Neil Armstrong (middle), and Buzz Aldrin (right).
Apollo 11 features never-before-seen footage and audio of astronauts Michael Collins (left), Neil Armstrong (middle), and Buzz Aldrin (right).

If you’ve already binged all the documentaries about serial killers and surprisingly fit Supreme Court Justices available, maybe your next step should be to set your sights a bit … higher. Between these space documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, you’ll explore black holes, hang out with the Curiosity rover on Mars, and relive man's first steps on the moon, all without even needing to put on socks.

1. Apollo 11 (2019)

Through the use of digitally remastered archival footage and over 11,000 hours of audio recordings, director Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11 recounts man’s journey to the moon in unbelievably crystal-clear quality. By seeing the mission unfold through the eyes of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and the team at NASA in HD, viewers are given a new perspective on this iconic moment of human achievement. It's as close as we'll ever get to the real-time tension mission control felt back in 1969.

Find it: Hulu

2. Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019)

Similar to Apollo 11, Apollo: Missions to the Moon relies purely on archival footage and audio from the early years of the space program. But instead of just focusing on the triumph of man first setting foot on the moon, this documentary covers the entire history of the Apollo Program, both its successes and tragedies, including the fire that claimed the lives of the Apollo 1 crew and the drama of Apollo 13. Both somber and joyous, Missions to the Moon aims to give a deeper appreciation for what we accomplished with Apollo 11 by humanizing the difficult road that got us there.

Find it: Disney+

3. Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow (2018)

Get an inside look at the storied history of NASA in this film from Emmy Award winner Rory Kennedy, who explores everything the agency has accomplished and what might be coming next.

Find it: Hulu

4. How the Universe Works (2012)

The biggest compliment you can throw at How the Universe Works is that it’s like comfort food for your brain. Each episode takes daunting subject matter, like black holes and dark matter, and presents it in a way that's digestible for anyone, even if you just have a passing curiosity about life outside our own atmosphere. Featuring commentary from notable experts in the field, including theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, and surprisingly fitting narration by Mike Rowe, this is one of the most bingeable science documentary series to stream and is a perfect first step into an ever-expanding universe of knowledge.

Find it: Amazon Prime

5. The Universe (2009)

Similar to How the Universe Works, History's The Universe is meant to be a 101 experience. You'll only get the first season on Netflix, but that's more than enough time to learn all about black holes, the planets in our solar system, and a few developments beyond the Milky Way. And if you’re really down for a feel-good story, there’s a 44-minute episode centered solely on how the Earth will ultimately meet its demise, thanks to what the show describes as various “cosmic killers.”

Find it: Netflix

6. The Mars Generation (2017)

These prospective astronauts aren’t just hoping to reach Mars—they’re actively preparing for it. The Mars Generation documents the teenage hopefuls at Space Camp as they go through drills, sit in mock spacecrafts, and take part in simulated deep-space missions (with simulated calamities), all to see what it would be like to take that first journey to the Red Planet. As this young crop gets its first taste of shuttle life, the documentary shifts its focus to experts who chime in on the current state of NASA (the good and the bad) and what it would take for humanity to actually get to Mars.

Find it: Netflix

7. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

There would be no moon landing without the Neil Armstrongs and Buzz Aldrins of the world—but there would be no Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin without an army of NASA support crews making sure their voyage to the stars actually got off the ground. In this documentary, you’ll meet the behind-the-scenes figures of mission control—including the flight directors, life-support technicians, and engineers—and learn how they helped guide our astronauts toward immortality.

Find it: Netflix

8. The Saturn V Story (2016)

Before America could realize its dream of space exploration, it needed a way to take flight. The Saturn V was the answer. The rocket propelled the Apollo program--and human ambition--to new heights.

Find it: Amazon Prime

9. The Voyage of Curiosity (2017)

When NASA launched the Curiosity rover to Mars in November 2011, its mission was clear: Explore the Gale Crater and gather rock and soil samples so scientists can tell whether life was ever possible on the planet. It was a massive undertaking for NASA, and in this documentary, you can take a closer look at the life of Curiosity, from the rover’s early testing days to the progress it's made on Mars. This one goes a bit more in-depth into the mission details than many others on this list, but if you're willing to immerse yourself in it, you'll come away with a unique look at one of NASA's most high-profile recent expeditions.

Find it: Amazon Prime

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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Beep, Beep, Richie: You Can Own the Pennywise Costume From It

You'll float, too.
You'll float, too.
Profiles in History

Some of the most iconic moments in horror are coming home—if you’re a winning bidder. Profiles in History is launching their latest Icons and Legends of Hollywood auction on November 12 and November 13 that has a number of key props and costumes from some of the spookiest movies ever made.

For Stephen King fans, the complete Pennywise costume worn by actor Bill Skarsgård in 2017’s It promises to liven up any living space. The white satin outfit was distressed by the production team to better represent Pennywise’s sewer-dwelling proclivities. It even comes with a red balloon. It’s expected to sell for between $20,000 and $30,000.

The winning bidder gets a free balloon.Profiles in History

One of the most viscerally shocking scenes in horror movie history was John Hurt’s experience with a Chestburster in 1979’s Alien. That entire mechanical contraption, which allowed the Xenomorph to spring forward from his torso, is being offered here and comes complete with a pneumatic rig and flexible rubber tail. It could sell for between $40,000 and $60,000.

The Chestburster prop horrified audiences in 1979's Alien.Profiles in History

For a lighter touch, the costume worn by Fred Gwynne in the 1960s sitcom The Munsters is also on hand. This bespoke suit was purposely tailored small to make Gwynne—who played the oversized Herman Munster—seem larger. It even has green stains from his make-up. It could fetch $30,000 to $50,000.

Herman Munster's costume from The Munsters was sized small on purpose to make actor Fred Gwynne look larger.Profiles in History

You can also grab a complete Wolf Predator costume from 2007’s Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, estimated to sell for between $30,000 and $50,000—an expensive but very worthwhile addition to your Halloween display.

The Wolf Predator costume from 2007's Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.Profiles in History

A variety of props and costumes will also be available, from an animatronic zombie used in The Walking Dead ($12,000 to $15,000) to a ghost trap from 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 ($40,000 to $60,000) to a Chucky doll from 1988’s Child’s Play before he underwent what the catalog describes as a “psychopathic metamorphosis.” You can bid online at the Profiles in History website.