The first of the two episodes introduced us to the crew and the last three episodes. Which will be released weekly, will be mission documents in almost real time. The four civilian crew members are supposed to represent the mission’s “four pillars”. Leadership (Commander Jared Isaacman), Prosperity (Pilot Sian Proctor), Hope (Chief Medical Officer Hailey Arseno) and Generosity (Mission Specialist Christopher Sembroski).
While we see Musk in a few excerpts from an interview:
Especially when asked about billionaires spending money on space missions. Most of the first episode introduces us to Isakman and Arseno. Isakman, CEO of payment processing company Shift4 and a billionaire himself, supports the mission. He also has extensive aviation experience gained over the past 17 years from aircraft to fighter jets.
Acreno, who would make him one of the youngest. If not the youngest person in space at 29, is an intern at St. Children’s Research Hospital. Jude in Memphis. With a $200 million report for St. Jude, the relationship with Arseno is more than symbolic. But Arseno’s story is inspiring because he was a patient at St. Jude’s when she was 10 years old. A tumor in his knee led to a diagnosis of bone cancer. A dozen rounds of chemotherapy, and surgery to place a cane. That could be extended until he grew. He is looking for a job in St. Jude to treat the little patient he had as a child.
Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space is not a documentary series that will be very difficult, especially in terms of design. Director Jason Hehir (The Last Dance) is tasked with exploring the beautiful side of the mission and the idea. That four civilians will fly further into space than any other civilian mission to date. We recommend skipping the first two episodes. Which are nothing more than silly biographies. And waiting for the episodes that actually document the mission.
Even the inclusion of Jeffrey Kluger from the Times doesn’t really bring a critical journalistic perspective;
He’s more of a narrator than anything else. There are many problems with documenting these missions. And almost all private space missions. When we get to the point where humans actually do missions. With hagiographic profiling and marketing laws.
One of these is “The Billionaires and They Space Toys Issue”. This focuses on the scene in which Hehir Musk asks if the money he, Isaacman, Bezos, and Branson spent. On this mission could be better spent on various troubling issues. Earth. Musk, who has always insisted that humans are destined to be an “interplanetary species,” said the money spent. On the mission accounts for less than 1 per cent of the nation’s economy, but later said. “If life is just for trouble, then what is the meaning of life?” It’s not the most empathetic point of view, but we expect it from Musk.
Meanwhile, Isakman says they don’t deserve to be in space if they can’t return. This led to discussions about raising funds for St Jude, including $100 million from Isakman himself. Of course, the mission itself would likely cost $200 million or more, with Isaacman taking over the other three astronauts.
Isaacman’s segment, punctuated by meetings and other boring stuff;
It raises another topic that hasn’t been really explored yet. The idea that space exploration is now a rich white man’s industry. But meetings between Isaacman and the SpaceX staff show that this is still a very pale, very manly game. But it seems that still at a greatly reduced speed, civil space flights are not accessible to all but 1%. It’s hard to be an interplanetary species when only the richest people can afford an interplanetary world, and this topic never comes up.
The Arceneaux segment is certainly more interesting and inspiring, and seeing it with the St. Current patients. Judas smiled at us. We know he can tell them he is exactly where they are and he can come out the other side. But then he had to tell her that. They weren’t going to the moon. There had been no moon missions for decades. We know she’s young, but for God’s sake she could do a little research before meeting Isakman – or at least listen to his American history class.