Lunar City, docufilm on the Moon that will come presented in Venice
Guardian of Orlando’s lost wits, silent confidant in Leopardi’s verses, “rough and uneven” celestial body revealed by Galileo’s telescope, the Moon has always been an alter-ego of the Earth having a great symbolic power: so different, yet so close to our Planet.
A “world” on which men set foot for the first time in 1969, as witnessed by the famous footprint left by Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface, a permanent trace of that “small step for man, giant leap for mankind” still vivid in the imagination of those who lived that historic moment.
Lunar City, the second docufilm of the Expedition trilogy, is dedicated to the Moon and is directed by Alessandra Bonavina, produced under the patronage and with the support of the Italian Space Agency-ASI, in collaboration with NASA. The docufilm was previewed at the Venice Film Festival.
However, nothing could be further from a celebratory reconstruction of the past, since Lunar City focuses on the Moon that will come, i.e. lunar missions that we are getting ready for, as the director highlighted.
Since 1969, technologies in the space sector have taken giant leaps. Moreover, training methods for astronauts have considerably changed. Over decades of space missions onboard the International Space Station – the main human outpost outside the Earth – we have learnt a lot.
Today, thanks to technological advances, the great national agencies, starting with NASA, are ready to leave more room to private initiatives in activities carried out in the Earth’s low orbit, thus making more resources available for new, great interplanetary missions.
For example, Deep Space Gateway, a great project for the construction of a cislunar station to be used as a base for future human missions to the Moon and Mars, aims in this direction.
Certainly, the new course of space exploration will be a huge international effort, since unlike the 1960s, when the race towards space was a challenge between great powers, today cooperation among countries are the key words. In this context, Italy, which is leader in this sector, will continue to be fully engaged, the Italian Space Agency assured.
And to those who wonder about the future of Space, authoritative voices of the sector envisage scenarios that currently seem fictional, where, for example, heavy industries can be “exported” outside the Earth, as envisaged by Roberto Vittori, long-time astronaut, or where any citizens can fly to Space just like today they can take an airplane, space veteran Paolo Nespoli suggests. Science fiction? So, it seems for the moment, with the warning that “Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science or normality”, AstroPaolo suggests.