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NASA's Greatest Missions 6DVD Box Set

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CYZHWG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,434 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Space documentary set profiling the greatest missions of NASA over the last half-century. The series examines Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's legendary first steps on the moon, the launching of rockets, and, also, the tragic loss of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee aboard Apollo 1. The ups and downs of space travel are documented here, featuring exclusive interviews from astronauts.

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Don't buy this 6 DVD box set. Buy the 4 DVD with exactly the same name. Both contain the Discovery Channel 6 episode "When We Left Earth" series, but the former contains one episode per disk and nothing more, while the latter contains two episodes and an additional disk with NASA footage. Compare 300 minutes for 6 disks, with 530 minutes for the 4 disks. I bought this set and I feel scammed.

It's amazing that Amazon doesn't do the darnest thing with the scamming going around. False and misleading information, you think you are buying something and get another. Positively I am beginning to think that Amazon is everything except a friendly and trustable place to buy from.
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This set has six 45 minute discs and is an absolutely excellent presentation of NASA's greatest achievements to date...just as it says on the box ! Taking us from the early Gemini missions, through Apollo and the Moon project; and then on to the Space Shuttle, Hubble and the International Space Station. I am a 'space fan' and have grown up with the whole adventure since the 1950's but for the first time have seen the main story encapsulated in the 6 DVD's. I also think that each disc is the right length for general viewing; i.e for people with a general interest but not looking for a totally comprehensive scutiny of everything NASA has done. Each disc has a theme and covers the projects brilliantly through clear narrative, stunning photography and contributions from astronauts and mission control staff, which really transmit their commitment, no matter the human risks, to the great adventure of exploring beyond our Earth. It is in my view modern man and woman's greatest achievement and no doubt,(thankfully), has also brought about some degree of unity and sanity across the otherwise,(sadly), divided peoples of the Earth. Excellent, and should be compulsory viewing in all schools across the world.
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Well I had high hopes for this 6 DVD box set which, according to the outide of the box, contains the six 50 minute episodes from the series plus OVER 4 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES - NASA FILM HIGHLIGHTS, INTERVIEWS, MISSION CLIPS. It doesnt contain any bonus material that I could find. The box advertising is misleading and probably illegal. Buy the 4 disc box set instead - that one does contain the extra material and uses less packaging
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I was extremely disappointed about the amount of time each DVD contained. I did not look at the DVD specs, but thought that 6 DVDs would entertain me for days and days, possibly even weeks, only to find that I had watched the whole lot over a couple of evenings.
Each DVD is only about 45min, with no extras. You think you are buying the absolute definitive because you get 6 DVDs, they could just as easily have fitted all the episodes easily onto 2 DVDs.

Having said all that, I really enjoyed what was available. The layout and progression was in a format that made sense and was easy to follow. There just could have been much, much more. When buying this assume a 2 DVD set spread over 6 DVDs
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It seems to be custom that titles are made misleadingly broad. This is about the Gemini and Apollo missions to the Moon (and a little about the shuttle), but nothing about NASA's equally magificient robotic missions to Mars and the outer planets and moons, bringing home such marvelous pictures and new understanding of these distant worlds, and which I think truly deserve to be called NASA's greatest missions.

Anyway, the six DVDs give a fascinating account of the carefully planned steps to send men to the Moon and the final achievement. Personally, I found it best to watch all the DVDs in order rather than trying to look at only the parts I thought might be most interesting; in that way one appreciates more the careful planning and meticulous performance of this project.
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i really enjoyed watching these films, using footage i have never seen before of the beginnings of the space race up to repairing the Hubble Telescope.

I must admit i thought the Gemini missions to be fascinating to watch and all the unsung heroes featured in the documentaries, from Gene Kranz ( the white waistcoat) at Mission Control to virtually all the astronauts including Armsrong, Aldrin, and Shepherd . i did not know that USA launched so many flights from Cape Canaveral so frequently in the run up to The Saturn V missions which took them to the Moon - amazing to think they flew to the moon but fuelled the LEM so it couldn't land even if they wanted to - so that the Appolo 11 mission would be THE ONE! - great value for money !

I am very jealous of that generation watching this on TV and experiencing amazing times of a country so hell bent on beating the russians - i have actually met Alan Shepherd myself in 2001 at Houston and have his autograph and it was really good to see him doing the dangerous flights - Shepherd was the first american in space only 16 days after the Russian Yuri Gugarin, but hey ho, they are both heroes and they had BALLS back then!!!

i have an ever higher respect for these brave pilots than before !!

They did really really scary stuff - Gemini missions are brilliant to watch on the DVD. full colour and very well prodcuced, well done Discovery Channel.

The Shuttle DVD's ( last 2 discs ) really put a lump in your throat and there are superb tributes to Challenger and Discovery when they accidentally blew up - if only the shuttles had a perfect track record - but the nasa astronauts just keep on flying and learning from their mistakes - very moving and superbly shot - you will see footage you will never have seen. thumbs up for Mars Missions' in 2020 !!
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