Astronauts: November 2019 Archives

Proxima puts European space on silver screen, ESA

"The film also remains faithful to the international nature of space exploration, mixing an international cast and multilingual dialogue. "The world of space exploration is like that. It's a community of humans, in which Europeans, Americans, Russians and others live and work together in space," said Winocour. "Often in cinema, space exploration is represented through the prism of America's space agency NASA, and the astronauts are shown as sort of superhuman beings. What struck me, after observing the preparation process, is that there is nothing more fragile and human than astronauts as they confront space." Proxima premiered at the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals in September and is set for release in France, Belgium and Switzerland on 27 November, in Spain on 13 December and UK on 17 April 2020."

It's tough being small in a big-suit world. We still spacewalked., Op Ed, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, Washington Post

"One could say that the first all-female spacewalk was worth celebrating simply because it overcame history. It was the story of two girls who gazed at the stars with an improbable dream, who as women were given the "go" to egress the airlock. But there's more than that. The real achievement is the collective acknowledgment that it is no longer okay to move forward without everyone moving together. NASA's mission is to answer humanity's call to explore. If there is any part of humanity that's not on that journey, we are not achieving our mission. The efforts to equalize exploration are what really ought to be celebrated. ... We are entering a new era where we must commit to go boldly only if that means we all go, an era in which any person who dares to dream will have the opportunity to contribute. Our successes will be greater because not a single innovative idea will be turned away -- that is what diversity and inclusion mean. And that is why a long-overdue all-female spacewalk so captivated the world it served."


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