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12-19-2013, 08:16 PM
Not a bad list from TIME magazine. And latest 2013 astronaut movie Gravity with Goerge Clooney did not make this list.

Ranked by release date:

A Trip to the Moon (1902): The most influential science fiction movie of all time may be this 1902 short by Georges Méliès, the French magician who was the first imaginative wizard of cinema.

Destination Moon (1950): Made for a then-costly $500,000, the movie’s production design and special effects look rinky-dink by today’s standards, but then, so did the actual Apollo vehicles.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): What astronaut Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) discovers after his epic journey to Jupiter and his battle to the death with shipboard computer HAL 9000 is that human evolution sometimes needs a jump start.

Marooned (1969): eerily prescient 1969 film about three NASA astronauts (Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman, and James Franciscus) adrift in orbit aboard a disabled vessel.

Solaris (1972): In a space station orbiting the ocean planet Solaris, scientist Kris Kelvin is mysteriously reunited with his long-dead wife.

Capricorn One (1978): If you’re one of those conspiracy theorists who thinks the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked, this movie is for you. Here, it’s a manned mission to Mars that’s manufactured by malevolent militarists.

The Right Stuff (1983): A straightforward celebration of America’s first astronauts.

Apollo 13 (1995): Director Ron Howard’s supreme achievement here is to generate suspense for an event that we all know turned out happily.

Sunshine (2007): Sunshine follows a familiar pattern: after a ship is mysteriously lost, another ship follows in it’s path into the same trap. This time, however, the danger comes from our own sun, and the crew of the cleanup mission knows it’s doomed.

Moon (2009): Sam Rockwell plays Sam, the loneliest human in the solar system, the lone human on a helium-mining facility on the dark side of the moon.

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12-24-2013, 07:11 AM
For once a list of yours I can't complain about... except mebbe I'd add... "Iron Sky"!