Back to Space Review | Celebrating the U.S. Space Program

Back to Space Review | Celebrating the U.S. Space Program

“Earth is the cradle of humanity, and you can’t stay in the cradle forever; it’s time to go further.” This quote is part of the beginning of a Netflix documentary back to spacewhich celebrates the revival of U.S. rockets and capsules to launch human spaceflight from the U.S. — and, of course, highlights how SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk, is a game-changer for NASA as it tries to push ahead with ambitious plans to, Colonize Mars one day.

First, let’s go back a few years – July 21, 2011, to be more precise. That day, the space shuttle Atlantis returned from space, ending a program marked by two tragedies and huge costs for NASA.under the lack of… space shuttlepaying billions for a seat on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only way NASA can get its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

That’s starting to change with the Commercial Crew Program, through which NASA partners with private companies to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, both from SpaceX, head to the orbiting laboratory in 2020 in a Crew Dragon capsule mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket.

They traveled during the Demo-2 demonstration mission, the first U.S. crewed launch since 2011. Since then, the space agency no longer has to rely on Russia for crewed launches to the space station, eventually being able to do it in the U.S. again – and it’s worth remembering that, even then, we still see American astronauts traveling to labs and aboard Roscosmos return to Earth.

Here are the changes we follow back to spaceunder the direction of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

From ground to space

It’s not easy to summarize such an important step in the US space program in a roughly 2-hour production, but Netflix’s documentary does the job and takes the risk of surpassing it, providing viewers with entertainment and even tension. Some of these scenes show (almost obvious!) what SpaceX employees can expect during the first launch of a Falcon family rocket.

In these moments, we see them apprehensive as they wait for a successful flight or the detonation of a launch vehicle in space or a landing attempt – although it means the loss of the rocket, it also brings about the adjustments and corrections needed for a new launch Important learnings. Much of this tension can be seen in some of the scenes where Elon Musk appears.

Back to Space also shows the team behind the mission launch (Image: Handout/Netflix)

The billionaire, who is known for his eccentric behavior, for example, always seems to keep an eye on SpaceX’s attempts and the progress of the process: In one scene, the anxiety is so great that he leaves before he even knows the outcome Mission Control Room. Even for those who aren’t spaceflight enthusiasts, it’s easy to understand why there’s so much tension.

The clarity of the presented context is a happy success back to space. Of course, those who already have some knowledge of the subject will quickly understand that the company needs to prove to NASA that it is ready to work together – but on the other hand, those who are not aware of industry news will also be able to follow the events progress.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning some tributes to milestones in the U.S. space program, such as the tragedies of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles and the legacy of the Apollo program. Unfortunately, these are brief and don’t delve into what happened in the accident or why NASA still hasn’t put new astronauts on the moon. Even so, they help spark public curiosity.

behind the scenes voyeur

The International Space Station has been orbiting the Earth for more than 20 years and has accommodated astronauts from different countries. The Orbiting Laboratory has a long history, and NASA and other partner space agencies often host broadcasts, question-and-answer sessions, and other events to bring the public closer to what’s happening there.This effort to shorten the distance between astronauts and the public also appears in back to space.

The Netflix production found time in the script to show the orbiting complex’s astronauts free-floating around the space station or celebrating the arrival of a new crew member; in another moment, we see Bob Behnken snapping up a sweetheart floating in the station during a live interview. These fun and light-hearted scenes are able to draw public attention to the work being done aboard the International Space Station.

Doug Hurley with Karen Nyberg and Jack Hurley (Image: Handout/Netflix)

Some scenes give us a “peek” at Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley’s day-to-day life with their families at home; in others, we see their wives (who are also astronauts!) recount how they met them And the challenges of working in space. The video is short and, in addition to being funny, shows the sometimes-forgotten side of astronauts during space station launches and experiments.

In a joke about the difference in each other’s approach, Behnken and Hurley also highlighted the risks inherent in launching the Demo-2 mission. Interestingly, they reminded the audience that they too felt a certain kind of apprehension — emotions that extended to their children, who, while young, already knew some of the dangers. Even so, the pair faced challenges and bolstered their confidence in SpaceX and NASA.

excessive question

There’s no denying that SpaceX’s resumption of launches to the space station is astronomically significant for political and scientific reasons. This was proudly depicted in the streaming service’s documentary, which praised the efficiency of Musk’s company and emphasized that NASA recognizes that “a little help” can’t go wrong. The problem is, at the same time, back to space Trying to exploit some kind of unnecessary empathy for him.

At the very least, Musk’s name returns to the headlines from time to time for some controversial comment or action. Meanwhile, the documentary shows him risking “dancing” for reporters while laughing, or playing with a flamethrower.

But calm down, don’t get him wrong, Musk isn’t just “in a good mood”: We’ve also seen the world’s richest man tear up after remembering the Apollo astronauts he describes as heroes, scathing NASA’s criticism of private companies in space aircraft dependency.

The documentary overemphasized the achievements of Musk’s company (Image: Disclosure/Netflix)

See, seeing the “other side” of a public figure like him isn’t a problem. What’s important is the lack of critical eye of the director, who when pointing out these “interesting things” about the SpaceX founder simply introduces the plot against him and leaves everything else aside – for example, without mentioning The aftermath of SpaceX’s expansion in Boca Chica, Texas, also fails to mention the feasibility and consequences of bringing humans to Mars.

The lack of self-criticism also applies to the company, which is almost seen as NASA’s great savior. If SpaceX can afford to blow up a rocket today, and then fix anything necessary in the process until a good outcome, it’s because it leverages the legacy left by state agencies, its certifications and processes — despite their Others described as bureaucratic and slow are efficient.

at the end of back to space, we saw some preparations for the launch of the Crew-1 mission, the first fully operational mission launched through the Commercial Crew Program. There’s a sense that something big is happening, initiated and delivered by SpaceX and its technology and digital capsules, looks like it’s straight out of some futuristic movie — it’s worth keeping an eye on what’s to come.

back to space Available in the Netflix catalog.

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