Space Cadets

52 years ago today Yuri Gagarin became the first man to journey into outer space.

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His spacecraft orbited earth on April 12, 1961 for 1 hour and 48 minutes.

To commemorate his historic trip here is a look at my top five space movies of all-time.

5. Wall-E, 2008







If you haven’t seen Wall-E you really ought to. It’s fun and sends a pretty clear message.

4. Spaceballs, 1987

What’s not to love about this Mel Brooks’ classic space movie? Seriously, you need to watch it.

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

Many lists have this movie as number one. It’s regarded as yet another Stanley Kubrick masterpiece.

2. Apollo 13, 1995






The words, “Houston, we have a problem,” are permanently etched in history and movie lore because of this film by Ron Howard.

1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, 1980







It’s the best of the original three. It also contains one of the most famous movie quotes of all-time. “Luke, I am your father.” If you haven’t watched the original three Star Wars movies you probably should.

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