I remember when this video first debuted. It became the featured promo teaser preceding J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness due to a crowdfunding campaign headlined by the American Institute for Aeronautics.
Why is this important? Because bizarrely, federal law actually prohibits NASA from purchasing air time to promote itself. So, in the wake of corrupt and nonsensical mainstream media advertisements, the one agency funded by American taxpayers that has fueled exploration, economic spin-offs and the understanding of our origins in the universe, is prohibited from money spent on public outreach.
You can learn more about AIA’s Indiegogo campaign (which successfully surpassed their funding goal) here.
The video, narrated by Transformers’ Peter Cullen (aka ‘Optimus Prime’) highlights the history of human spaceflight [and exploration in general], embodying all that NASA stands for, as well as the passion and curiosity that drives our species to explore.
Keep this in mind when Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ hits theaters. It’s why he made the film: to keep us aware of our cosmic significance and are capacity to thrive and survive amongst the great perils that have faced us before.
This video also provides a stark reminder to all that NASA is an integral keystone of our global society. It’s only ironic that the promo above was also looped during 'Discovery Day' at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum during the retirement/induction ceremony of NASA Space Shuttle Discovery.
As a final aside, the message conveyed through this promo is further communicated through the documentary film "I want to be an Astronaut" which seeks “To tell the story of going…and remind everyone what NASA means to the world, reignite those dreams again, and explore space together.” (David Ruck, Director; and Rich Evans, Public Relations). Audience reactions and more on the film, here.
“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”— Carl Sagan
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