Understanding Space Travel
Preview of Discovery Channel's space documentary
by Patrick Collins
"Understanding Space Travel" - Discovery Channel, November 23, 10pm. Produced by Cronkite Ward.
An ambitious program covering the whole of space travel - from its early history to interstellar travel. Each subject gets only a few minutes, but, good to say, there's some serious discussion of space tourism - still very rare in TV programs about space - so hats off to Cronkite Ward, the producers. Unfortunately despite earlier JRS involement, Kankoh Maru, the JRS VTOL reusable vehicle is not in the program as we had earlier reported.
The high point is surely the way LeVar Burton's voice and face LIGHT up as he says "I would LOVE to...... be able to be out there..." It says it all: what should space businesses be doing? Giving the people what they want!
Another good moment: Dan Goldin discussing space tourism. But, unfortunately, to tell the truth, he's still a bit confused: he says "Within 50 years, a space hotel..... is not out of the question." Now let's be realistic: flight-proven space stations are NOW ON SALE.