July 8th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
[Editor's Note: If you're just joining us, Friday’s Top Five is when we boil down your favorite pop culture gems into a quintessential list of all lists. The topic will vary from week to week depending on what’s going on in the world. We may end up with “the stuff that dreams are made of” or maybe just a great coffee table book. At the very least, we'll have fun kicking off the weekend by wasting some time...I mean, helping to contribute to this interactive conversation.]
Today marks the end of an era in space exploration. NASA’s iconic shuttle program will have one final lift-off. It seems the future of space travel will now rely on taking commercial steps for mankind and probably charging extra for luggage. Nevertheless, there’s another form of space travel that’s been around and affordable for generations.
Movies have been launching armchair astronauts into space for more than 100 years. Georges Méliès, a motion picture pioneer, took audiences on their first sci-fi voyage with 1902's “A Trip to the Moon” long before the Cold War’s Space Race.
This week’s topic crosses multiple genres, including sci-fi, horror, comedy, action and drama; therefore, the candidates to choose from are as vast and boundless as the category itself. Whether you’re partial to Captain Kirk, Luke Skywalker, Duck Dodgers, or even an unforgettable duo like Lone Starr and Barf, get ready to defend your favorites.
Now prepare for the jump to light speed and may the Schwartz be with you as you compile your top five space movies! Here's mine:
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