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.
Rusty Schweickart: Apollo 9 & Beyond
A Film by
Produced in Association with
Videography & Audio Services
David Ludwig, Creative Light Productions
Alan Fitch, Visual Story Media
Martin J. Lollar
Timothy M. Brooks
Liam Douglas Howitt
Michelle McConahy Sheetz
Rusty Schweickart & Nancy Ramsey
Asteroid Day, a Program of the Asteroid Foundation
Association of Space Explorers
Delilah and Matilda Scott
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
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal
Apollo Flight Journal
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
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:
PO Box 25112
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.