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Ad Astra: Watch Us Get Astronaut Training at Spaceport America!

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Ad Astra: Watch Us Get Astronaut Training at Spaceport America!

Ad Astra: Attend Astronaut Training at Spaceport America!

We recently sent one of our ComingSoon.net correspondents for a real-life space exploration experience to train as Brad Pitt trained in his latest Ad Astra movie. Check out our interviews and video experiences below and check out the movie on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD right now!

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Our favorite part of the experience was taking a ride on a G-Force simulator, where we found out if we had what it takes to get through one of the vital components of basic training to resist the elements of space travel …

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At Truth and Consequences New Mexico, Spaceport America promises to be the first launching port for commercial space travel. We have to visit to celebrate the launch of Ad Astra, which takes place in a future where humanity explores the ends of space. While we are in the early stages of the movie, we were able to see a panel of real-life astronauts where they shared how business travelers would operate as real teams on a space mission. Something that movies like Ad Astra – though fictional – explores how relationships, human psychology, and innovation need to go hand in hand for our civilization to succeed in space travel.

Among the guests were the film's technical advisor and former NASA engineer Robert Yowell, astronaut Ellen Ochoa (the first Hispanic astronaut to travel to space) and astronaut Leland Melvin (the only NFL copywriter who also traveled to space). ). The conversation was moderated by STEM's personality, Justin Shaifer.

Justin Shaifer: What do you think of Ad Astra and how did it show space and the history of space exploration?

Robert Yowell: Certainly, it's a science fiction movie continuum that culminated here in Ad Astra and dates back to 2001: A Space Odyssey, for example, back in the late 60's, was kind of state of the art in visual effects ; etc. But we have the big luxury today, with tremendous CGI and technology, and I think it brought some of the best parts of Ad Astra that have never been possible to date.

Justin Shaifer: One of the most interesting parts about Ad Astra was the unfortunate journey Brad Pitt's character takes to Neptune alone. Emotions are portrayed during their arduous journey and, in a way, is a solitary confinement. How accurate is this representation and being in these small spaces as an astronaut?

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa: Well, clearly, for the whole dramatic arc of the movie, which is a very psychological drama and I think it was added to it, and it echoes things throughout the character, including the relationship with the father. I think we have had very different experiences in space, but if you stay in space for a long time and you are in a space that is not very large, it is really important to think about behavioral health. And NASA spends a lot of time on it. I remember one of our astronauts went on a Russian space mission here and they came back saying the most important thing is that you need to keep busy with meaningful work. So it was not a situation to take inventory of the space station because I know this is just work. When there is an opportunity to do some kind of scientific or engineering research as part of your journey, I think it would be very beneficial for astronauts. And so, how do you get better at communication? As you move farther and farther from Earth, this becomes a growing problem because of delays. You can't just have a conversation like people in space stations do today. They can call any phone number on Earth and talk, keeping them in touch. So you really need to think about how you will remain connected to humanity and that is something we have to think about a lot.

Justin Shaifer: What is the most exciting thing for you now about the future?

Astronaut Leland Melvin: I think one of the most exciting things right now is that you have a panel like this about the space travel discussion. You have a Hispanic astronaut and an African-American astronaut on the panel and that has been historically very rare, and when kids out there see it, we think I can do it. So the representation that is happening in the movies and in real life for space travel and research is helping everyone feel that they are sitting at the table that is part of this journey with everyone else.

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa: And this is an incredibly exciting time in human spaceflight. I will just say that 2020 will be a great year. Both companies that NASA has hired have agreed to take NASA astronauts to and from the National Space Station, Boeing and Space X, plan to start these flights by 2020, and when they launch, I'm sure we'll see their test flights. There are a lot of things that people have been talking about for a while that are finally coming together and we'll see them in 2020, so it's really exciting.

Question: What values ​​do you think should be added to humanity from what you have learned about space travel and also from the movie Ad Astra?

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa: The values ​​NASA has included are really big in teamwork. Continued collaboration and cooperation, whether in the crew of various international space agencies or between government and commercial agencies, teamwork is essential and this is a field in which it makes all the difference. So this is what I would surely point out.

Question: Why do you think space movies like Ad Astra matter?

Robert Yowell: I think movies like this give us hope for the future. They show us what is possible in the future and help open your mind to what is possible. In the movie, 2001: A Space Odysee, there is a scene where the two astronauts are watching the news on an iPad, that's exactly what it is and I'm sure Steve Jobs watched this movie as a child. It takes movies to inspire, just like books and other media, but movies are a permanent record; so the good thing is that future generations will come back and see, "Well, that's what they thought 2100 would be." because I think it's important.

Dan Hicks: As humans, it helps our imaginary spirit to have these movies and books. Help our imagination to go. We see movies like Ad Astra and we start asking: how did they do it or do I wonder what it would be like to do this and I think it's important to keep doing it because what I firmly believe as human beings is that one can imagine something in which we can imagine something in our lives. Minds, I think as scientists and engineers figure out a way to make it happen. But it starts with people who are talented as a producer in this movie and a writer who presents these ideas in novels that stimulate our imagination.

We also experienced a real-life rover ride, as Brad Pitt did in an action sequence on Ad Astra, in the cold desert terrain that is similar to Mars…

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