Modern Robot

Show 20: Journey to the Moon

“The picnic near the lakeside in Chicago is the start of lazy afternoon, early one October. We begin with a scene one meter wide, which we view from just one meter away. Now every ten seconds we will look from ten times farther away and our field of view will be ten times wider. This square is ten meters wide, and in ten seconds, the next square will be ten times as wide. Our picture will center on the picnickers, even after they’ve been lost to sight.”

This show features a movie we’ve had a number of requests for, “Powers of Ten”. Made by legendary designers and artists Charles and Ray Eames, the movie shows the size of the universe, from the scale we are most used to, to all the known galaxies, and back into the atom in one, all in one continuous shot.

From there, we take a journey to the moon, starting with a NASA report from 1965 that shows some of the technology and progress toward the moon landing.  The rocket launches that follow are from several different missions, but once we are in space, our show is then Apollo 11 footage.

We have shots orbiting the moon, seeing the earth rise, shots from both the Command Module and out the window of the Lunar Module, and of course, mankind’s first steps on the moon.

We return to earth as the launch pad of the Apollo rocket burns, then pick up where we left off, halfway through “Powers of Ten”, and zoom back to the picnic, and then make a journey into the atom itself.

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