Netflix’s SpaceX documents missed the Inspiration4 mark
I can’t burden you with a lot of background information on Inspiration4 (you can read our past mission coverage here). But the mission and the new documents hit the heel of the billionaire space this summer, as both Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos exploded into space (or almost into space). Inspiration4 reveals itself to this billionaire, Jared Isaacman, that anxiety makes him a less charismatic person to appear on screen, but a more restrained ego and low profile means he’s a much faster person to watch than Branson or Bezos.
In 90 minutes, Isaacman and SpaceX founder Elon Musk were asked only once to respond to the backlash Branson and Bezos faced this summer, and posed the question of why the public should care about space if the world seems to be falling apart. Musk tells us that thinking about a future for humanity beyond the Earth is exciting; and Isaacman said that was one of the reasons he collaborated with St. Louis. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and created a fundraising arm on the mission to fill this privilege and do well. These are not bad answers, but no follow-up can bring us closer to the minds of these two richest and most influential people. Their motivations are kept simple, and in the first two episodes, we don’t know who they are and where the space will go with their money.
Where the documents attracted was our introduction to the crew: Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, and Christopher Sembroski. Arceneaux’s story is especially tense and moving as he recounts his battle with osteosarcoma as a child, but it’s also a beautiful story of resilience and, of course, hope. His youth and energy (he’s 19) is pretty contagious. Arceneaux is a complete newbie to the newfound knowledge of space-one of his first questions upon receiving his Inspiration4 ticket is whether he will go to the moon. “Obviously we haven’t been there in decades,” he said, laughing in embarrassment.
Here you can easily root Inspiration4. Arceneaux and Sembroski were like the rest of us who didn’t, anyone had plans to go into space, and never thought we would have a chance. The history of Proctor and his twin passion for flying and space means he always waits for a moment like this. These are people who in ancient times never would have had the opportunity to go into space – and who now find themselves on the cliff of something literally out of the world.
It’s not meant to be THE COUNT it is right to tell us that the mission will change the future of the space we know-for at least a generation or two, space travel will continue to be controlled by more numerous and richer powers, and the ordinary people are not given a chance. like this except in exceptional circumstances. Yet the mission gives us an insight into what we can strive for.