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NASA At 50: Five Bad Astronaut Movies

Part of commemorating 50 years of NASA is acknowledging its role in lionizing the men and women who performed those historic missions. The names of Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sally Ride are well known, and rightfully so, for their contributions to America's space program.

And then there are those astronauts of less impressive pedigree.

5. Planet of the Apes (2001)

No, not the original Chuck "Damn dirty apes" Heston version, but the ghastly Tim Burton remake. In which we learn that even the most iconic of films can be improved by the addition of Mark Wahlberg and the infamous "Ape Lincoln."

4. Missile to the Moon (1958)

So many cheesy 1950s space movies, so little time. What elevates Missile to the Moon over similarly named fare like Destination Moon or Cat-Women of the Moon? Giant fucking rock monsters! Oh, and obligatory commentary by Fred Willard and Mike Nelson.

3. Moonraker (1979)

Arguably the worst of the Roger Moore Bond flicks (and that's saying something), Moonraker not only brings the goofy Jaws back for another run (and turns him into a good guy), but also features a space battle that makes the Attack of the Hawk Men in Flash Gordon look like the Normandy assault in Saving Private Ryan. Fun fact: the film's premiere was supposed to take place in Houston to coincide with the first ever space shuttle launch.


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