RUSTY SCHWEICKART APOLLO 9 & BEYOND

We have completed our fourth film in the “Apollo Reflections” series, this one featuring Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot:

“Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond”

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. Rusty describes testing the Lunar Module, the first true spaceship that would four month later land men on the moon; his historic spacewalk, the first EVA of the Apollo era; and the incredible beauty of the Earth from space.

Beyond the Apollo 9 mission itself, Rusty goes much deeper to explore the philosophical and evolutionary implications of humanity’s first steps into the cosmos, describing the powerful effects of his “five minutes” alone on the Lunar Module porch as he observed the Earth below and pondered the big questions of existence – questions he would come to answer back on Earth.

The film is in 4K with a run time of 48:06.

Check out the prologue for the film “Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond”:

 

Praise for “Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond” :

“Astronaut Rusty Schweickart’s story is one of the great ones, and the way this film [“Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond”] tells the story has its own greatness,” – Stewart Brand, co-founder of Long Now Foundation and creator and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award).

“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.” – Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart.

“I am proud and honored to have been helpful in producing the beautiful piece of art that is this film. From the music to the visuals to what comes out of the mind of an amazing human being, this is a seamless and for me deeply emotional work that is a major contribution to the annals of space and also human history … You have produced something very special with this … What I get from it cannot be measured in any form of currency … I want to savor the incredibly warm feeling this film has given me, thank you for that gift.” – Martin Lollar, crowdfunding executive producer of the film.

 

Apollospace Presents:

Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond

A Film by

Jeremy Theoret

Produced in Association with

Andre Ross

Original Music

Noah Argeanas

Videography & Audio Services

David Ludwig, Creative Light Productions

Alan Fitch, Visual Story Media

Executive Producers

Massimo Cutuli

Martin J. Lollar

Timothy M. Brooks

Danica Remy

Susan Roy

Producers

Burke Burnett

Brian May

Liam Douglas Howitt

Doug Forrest

Kelley Daniel

John Garman

Michelle McConahy Sheetz

Douglas Cambron

Special Thanks

Rusty Schweickart & Nancy Ramsey

B612 Foundation

Asteroid Day, a Program of the Asteroid Foundation

Association of Space Explorers

Fred Haise

Simon Trueb

Kenneth Glaze

Andy McCullry

Linda Remy

Eric Lenington

Ray Gildea

Silvia Khalsa

Thanks

Ben Nault

David Chudwin

Trevor Barker

Anne Pitts

Thomas Seidel

Delilah and Matilda Scott

Patrick Franklin

Gary Mitchell

Joseph Pakovits

Octavian Theoret

Prologue Music

Alan Hovhaness, Mysterious Mountain (Symphony No. 2, Op. 132: Andante con moto); Gerard Schwartz (conductor), Seattle Symphony; Delos Catalog No. DE3157

Photograph & Film Clip Credit

NASA/JSC

NASA/JSC/ASU/APOLLOSPACE

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

Apollo Flight Journal

Heritage Auctions

B612 Foundation

The Lindisfarne Association

Additional photographs provided by Rusty Schweickart

International Space Station: 4K Crew Earth Observations (NASA)

The Earth: 4K Extended Version (NASA)

Apollo 13 Views of the Moon in 4K (NASA)

Credits: Data Visualization by: Ernie Wright (USRA); Video Produced & Edited by: David Ladd (USRA)

A Flight Through the CANDELS Ultra Deep Survey Field [Ultra HD] (NASA)

Credits: NASA, ESA, F. Summers, J. DePasquale, G. Bacon, and Z. Levay (STScI) Acknowledgement: H. Ferguson, A. Koekemoer, and the CANDELS Team

Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Visible Light (NASA)

Credits: F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, L. Frattare, M. Robberto and L. Hustak (STScI)

Acknowledgement: R. Gendler

A Galaxy Grouping in 2D and 3D: Stephen’s Quintet (NASA)

Credits: G. Bacon, J. DePasquale, F. Summers, Z. Levay (STScI)

Flyby of the Whirlpool Galaxy (NASA)

Credits: F. Summers, J. DePasquale, and D. Player (STScI)

Moonlight (Clair de Lune) (NASA)

Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Visualization Credits: Ernie Wright (USRA) Lead Visualizer and Editor Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.) Technical Support Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.) Technical Support Wade Sisler (NASA/GSFC) Producer Noah Petro (NASA/GSFC) Scientist

Additional Thanks

Arizona State University (ASU) for Raw NASA image scans

Prof. Mark Robinson, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

Prof. Ernest Cisneros, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

Maria Schuchardt, Space Imagery Center, University of Arizona

Maura White, NASA/JSC

Kelly Humphries, NASA/JSC

The entire catalog of fully corrected and restored Apollo 9 flight photography can be found at:

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Albuquerque, NM 87125

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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. Focusing on the personal reflections of Apollo Astronauts and their mission photography, these documentary interviews not only reflect on the past, they also reflect the influences of those missions on people today – and how they can continue to inspire tomorrow.

As the Apollo astronauts reflect on their historic missions, we also experience the wonder of Apollo and space exploration through the stories of people inspired by those missions to see ourselves and our place in the cosmos more clearly.