Sunday, January 27, 2008

Man Conquers Space

I think I must have heard something about this before, but I just (re?)discovered this excellent video teaser for an in-work film called "Man Conquers Space," an alternate history "documentary" of a greatly accelerated space program that puts humans on Mars in 1968. It's based on the plans laid out by Wernher von Braun in the early 1950's in a series of articles in Collier's Magazine, illustrated with paintings by Chesley Bonestell. Unfortunately I can't find anything on a release date for the film - perhaps they are still looking for funding.

Colliers Rocket in Orbiter
In the meantime I will mention again that you can explore this alternate space program first hand through the great Orbiter add-on "World of Colliers" by Erik Anderson and John Graves. It may not look quite as good as the CGI in the movie teaser, but it's available now, and you can fly 'em yourself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In the late 1950s through the 1960s space exploration was going at such a furious pace that it seemed that these things would soon be realities. I don't think that anyone at the time could have predicted that now, several years into the 21st Century, we would only be launching manned spacecraft into low Earth orbit.