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Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun (1993)

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Life in space. Beam-ins. Intergalactic war. What about getting a driver's license or doing the laundry? This one-hour special features dozens of space professionals---from astronauts and ... See full summary »

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Rob Mikuriya
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Raymond Cruz ... Arturo
Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante ... Mr. Escalante
Kathy Bates ... Lunar Mom
Joseph Cousins ... Lunar Kid #1
Christian Cousins ... Lunar Kid #2
Vincent Schiavelli ... Miner #1
James Stephens III ... Miner #2
Rodney A. Grant ... Lunar Commish
Jackée Harry ... Charmayne (as Jackee)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Stockton
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Giles Standish
Esai Morales ... Kenny
Pat Morita ... Cap
Roger Scott Roger Scott ... Fred
Sheila Tousey ... Annie
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Life in space. Beam-ins. Intergalactic war. What about getting a driver's license or doing the laundry? This one-hour special features dozens of space professionals---from astronauts and life systems engineers to space suit designers, interior decorators and the "Lunar Lettuce Man." A moving story concerning Jaime Escalante and one of his students (Raymond Cruz) is interwoven with imaginative vignettes that explore the humor and drama of day-to-day life away from Earth. A documentary AND fantasy. Shot on video and on film. Guest stars include Kathy Bates, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Pat Morita, Esai Morales, and Billy Bob Thornton. Written by Steve Heard

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USA

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English

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Gerard K. O'Neill's last interview
17 January 2016 | by lorisk-42862See all my reviews

You have to take this for what it is, part of a classroom series on the future for kids in middle and high school. These types of things are rarely high art but if you hare interested in this subject, there are far worse videos to check out.

What is very interesting about this one is that they did get the important people of the day in the industry to do the backgrounders.

Also, this features many parts of the last interview with Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill (Princeton University Nuclear Physicist, Inventor of Storage-Ring technology that is used in every particle accelerator, inventor of of the Triad and GeoStar system that did then what GPS does now. Also O'Neill is known for doing the detailed work on and popularization of large Space Habitats, he created the Mass-Driver concept and brought together Peter Glaser and Bill Brown together to make Solar Power Satellites an understandable technology). For these interviews alone, it is worth watching and accepting the not-great acting segments.

Worth it, taken for what it is.


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