Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun

Tagged: Film

Tv documentary film (1993). Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education. Directed by Rob Mikuriya. Written by Stephen R Heard, Rob Mikuriya, Roger Scott Olsen, and Willie Reale. Starring Jaime Escalante, Raymond Cruz, Cathy Bates, Joseph Cousins, Christine Cousins, Vincent Schiavelli, James Stephens III, Rodney A Grant, Jackée Harry, Jeffrey Tamblor, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Esai Morales, Pat Morita, Sheila Tousey, Billy Bob Thornton, Jesse Ventura. 58 minutes. Colour.

This documentary's frame story features high school math teacher Escalante advising a discouraged student, Arturo (Cruz); moving into the future, Escalante reads letters from former students now working in outer space. These introduce vignettes that illustrate the everyday life of space residents: Arturo flies to the Moon, astronauts endeavour to deflect a dangerous Asteroid, miners work in the asteroid belt, and the inhabitants of the Moon confront a driving test, address housekeeping issues, and interview job applicants. There are also excerpts from interviews with experts in the field of Space Flight. Overall, despite its surprisingly impressive cast, this documentary's episodes tend to be too brief and frivolous to have much of an impact, either as involving drama or as an incentive to high school students to devote more time to studying mathematics and science. [GW]

see also: Space Documentaries.

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