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June 01, 2007

Back to the Moon

NASA's moon return animation has the right idea: Package the enterprise as a feature and give the public a trailer to wet the appetite (via things magazine). I cannot say the end result inspires me with confidence or, for that matter, inspires me at all. For one thing, is this the best animation NASA can manage? And if Battlestar Galactica can convey realistic action in space while keeping the diegetic sound to a minimum we hardly need to hear NASA's cheesetastic rockets firing or the unconvincing whir of moon buggy engines.

What this video lacks most, however, is drama. Yes, we have gadgets and, look, it's the Moon! But so what. NASA has given us a (not terribly good) special effects teaser when we need a trailer that tells us - minimally - the genre of the film. For the money this is going to cost I expect the American public will want an Oscar entry.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 1, 2007 06:23 AM


Check out WIRED this month.. Good article on the rise of commercial aerospace companies as well as the downfall of NASA.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 1, 2007 01:52 PM

Much as I would not fly with Virgin Galactic - I don't need to be treated to an in flight movie explaining how the Moon landings were faked by the Illuminati - I expect their marketing would be better packaged than this NASA effort.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 1, 2007 01:57 PM


Oh, also a steampunk aricle in WIRED.. w00ty goodness.

Project for the summer for me is a steampunkish keyboard as linked to here a while ago..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 2, 2007 10:08 AM