City In Space Press Release
Set 100 years in the future, L5 follows a seven-year-old girl
named Chieko(Chee-A-ko) as she discovers the wonders of the city
in which she lives with her father and mother--from self-contained
farms and gardens to laboratories and factories; from schools
and playgrounds to a state-of-the-art docking bay for spaceships
and probes. In flashback, Chieko recounts the earliest days of
the space city and describes the perilous quest to capture a new
water supply for its expanding population.
relates the story of her grandfather, the citys chief scientist,
and how he launched a plan to obtain water from a comet passing
the planet Jupiter. What follows is the recreation of her fathers
treacherous journey across the vast solar system to reroute the
comet and then return safely to L5.
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Of timely interest, L5: First City In Space contains a breathtaking
sequence where viewers skim the surface of Mars at high speeds.
Elaborating on data taken by NASA
space-probe Viking, filmmakers show what the surface of the
red planet actually looks like -- specifically a portion
of the Valles Marineris (a huge valley on the Mars surface which
is the width of the entire United States) called Candor Chasma
(a stunningly visual spot where future space expeditions will
be able to land).
extremely fortunate to have the cinematic ability to bring actual
NASA data to life, said Toni Myers, supervising director
of L5: First City In Space. Were projecting viewers
100 years into the future, putting them on a space city, and giving
them an inside look at their solar system and how well be
exploring it in the future.
BASIS FOR THE STORY:
L5 derives its name from an actual point in space in the moons
orbit around the Earth. It is an ideal location for a port
city because there is almost no gravitational pull. Here spaceships
can come and go using very little energy. L5: First City In Space
offers viewers a sneak-peek at how we could live and
work in space a hundred years from now.
L5: First City In Space, filmmakers created a city based on the
designs of Pat
Rawlings, an artist specializing in spacecraft who has worked
with NASA for more than 17 years, and in part on the groundbreaking
work of world-renowned scientist and futurist Gerard ONeill
-- a pioneer in the studies of how to design and develop working
space stations and cities. ONeill speculated on how people
could survive and flourish in space cities with a self-contained
eco-system under the long-term influence of rotation-induced gravity.
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