|“Orphans of Apollo” Filmmaker Michael Potter.|
“This film is an enthralling glimpse into space, and into the minds and hearts of people trying to get into it. Footage of rocket launches and of life on Mir is interspersed with interviews with the key players about the technical challenges, political wrangling, and business plans. We feel the excitement (and fear) of their project and get a sense of the mood in Russia and the U.S. after the collapse of the Soviet Union,” Janet D. Stemwedel, Ph.D., wrote on her blog, Adventures in Ethics and Science, soon after the film debuted.
|Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface. Photo by Neil A. Armstrong, 1969.|
- The extraordinary openness and pride of the Russians. The great unshakable passion the Russians have for space exploration.
- The strong national security related issues connected to both the Mir space station and the International Space Station.
- An insight into the lack of sustainability and coherency of a great deal of NASA’s activities.
- Both the real and symbolic power that the new space companies have brought to the new race to develop space.
|Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO|
|Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (NASA / May 22, 2012)|
The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 is easily the most historic launch in 2012 and will probably be viewed as one of the most historic space launch events of the decade.