William Shatner Narrates Space Shuttle Documentary

After 30 years and 134 flights, Amer­i­ca’s space shut­tle pro­gram draws to a close. And it feels pitch per­fect to wind things down with a doc­u­men­tary nar­rat­ed by William Shat­ner. Of course, you know him as Cap­tain Kirk from Star Trek, the icon­ic sci-fi TV show that ran from 1966 to 1969, smack in the mid­dle of NASA’s hey­day. (Note: Star Trek has just been added to Net­flix’s stream­ing cat­a­logue.)

The 80 minute doc­u­men­tary takes you through the his­to­ry of the Space Shut­tle pro­gram, which first got under­way dur­ing the Nixon admin­is­tra­tion. The film spends ample time look­ing at the design chal­lenges NASA engi­neers faced in try­ing to cre­ate a reusable shut­tle, while also show­ing ear­ly pro­to­types. Once the design phase was com­plete, con­struc­tion began on the first orbiter in June, 1974 and wrapped up two years lat­er. NASA called its first craft Space Shut­tle Enter­prise, pay­ing homage to the fic­tion­al Star­ship Enter­prise. Next, it was time to bold­ly go where no one had gone before.

The doc is now added to our col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Best of NASA Space Shut­tle Videos (1981–2010)

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  • James W. Wagner says:

    How can I get this on DVD. I will pay for it.

    • Tom says:

      Call the NASA Chan­nel. They will send you one on DVD with nice art­work. They sent me one. (202) 358‑0000. Good luck.

  • Kubrick on the moon land­ings would be amus­ing. Google it for illu­mi­na­tion.

  • Doug Douglas says:

    I real­ly enjoy the video and remem­ber the test land­ings on the dry lake bed. I went to a few launch­es, I live more than 1000 miles from the space cen­ter, but I made many trips to see launch­es. I will miss the pro­gram and I fear we’ll nev­er reach that lev­el of acheive­ment again. I, too, would love a DVD of this video. Where can I find it?

    My hus­band dear­ly loved the Shut­tle pro­gram, and brought me to feel­ing the same way about it. I was almost hap­py that he did­n’t live to see its end.
    Thank-you for this…

  • Daniel says:

    A fit­ting trib­ute to the Shut­tle pro­gram with William Shat­ner nar­rat­ing.

    2 parts com­ing togeth­er like this, EPIC!!!

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