LUXEMBOURG 22 June 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Asteroid Foundation premieres the worldwide release of Apollo 9 & Beyond featuring Rusty Schweickart on Asteroid Day TV. In this profoundly beautiful and moving film, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart discusses the Apollo 9 mission, his life-altering spacewalk, and our cosmic birth and how those experiences shaped his worldview later in life. Rusty describes testing the Lunar Module, the first true spaceship that four months later would land men on the moon; his historic spacewalk, the first EVA of the Apollo era; and the incredible beauty of the Earth from space.
Debut: June 22, 2020 — daily repeats of the film — check schedule online
Where: Asteroid Day TV — www.asteroidday.org — free to the public
Director: Jeremy Theoret
Producer: Apollospace in association with Andre Ross
Executive Producers: Massimo Cutuli, Martin J. Lollar, Timothy M. Brooks, Danica Remy, Susan Roy
“Astronaut Rusty Schweickart’s story is one of the great ones, and the way this film tells the story has its own greatness,” comments Stewart Brand, co-founder of Long Now Foundation and creator and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award)
“As a filmmaker with a lifelong interest in Apollo, I wanted to capture the philosophical and cosmological significance of the Apollo program. Rusty Schweickart provides that perspective and more,” shared film director Jeremy Theoret from Apollospace.
“What was the real meaning of Apollo? The big meaning? That’s what I asked myself anticipating the 50th anniversary of that historic moment. Jeremy Theoret captured it in this film… this is what I believe. No small challenge,” said Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart.
Asteroid Day TV has been and will continue streaming through 4 July with space and asteroid films, interviews, and educational content. Asteroid Day TV is produced in partnership with Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) and broadcast by SES through the unparalleled reach of its satellites. Private link to view the film can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asteroid Day is held on 30 June each year to mark the date of Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event. Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr. Brian May of the rock group QUEEN, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, filmmaker Grig Richters; and B612 Foundation President Danica Remy to educate the public about the importance of asteroids in our history and the role they play in the solar system. In 2016, with the leadership of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), the United Nations declared Asteroid Day to be a global day of education to raise awareness and promote knowledge in the general public about asteroids.
Asteroid Day’s major partners include: Association of Space Explorers, B612 Foundation, Broadcasting Center Europe, EC GROUP, European Space Agency, Luxembourg Space Agency, OHB SE, and SES. Asteroid Day, Asteroid Day LIVE, Asteroid Day TV and SpaceConnectsUs are all programmes of Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg based non-profit.
Apollospace produces the most comprehensive, fully corrected, highest quality, and highest resolution space program images and image collections available. Apollospace produces high-quality films focused on space exploration with high educational and entertainment value. Apollospace also offers collectors authentic astronaut-autographed memorabilia and other space-related collectibles. The Apollo Reflections films look back at the memories and imagery of the Apollo era as well as the influences the Apollo program had on those who were witness to it.