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Yuri’s Night The WORLD SPACE PARTY!

Hey Chasers!

Tomorrow the Chasing Atlantis team is getting their groove on for Yuri’s Night: The World Space Party!!

What’s Yuri’s Night? Yuri’s Night is 3 things all wrapped up into one bundle of space awesomeness

1) Yuri’s Night is a date: The date is April 12th which commemorates the first human in space. Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12th 1961. We have had humans in space since that time sporadically and consistently since the construction of the International Space Station. But Yuri was the first! One brave human being, and certainly the first of many steps that led to the moon, shuttle, the space station, and hopefully the outer planets and deep space (sign me up BTW)

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Atlantis Moves to the Vehicle Assembly Building

At 8:30am EST today, Space Shuttle Atlantis was moved from the processing hangar, where it was stationed after completing its final mission, to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). It was in the VAB this past October that we were up close and personal with Endeavour. The enormous structure, one of the largest in the world, dwarfed the shuttle when we were standing inside, and will serve as Atlantis’ shelter while the shuttle is prepped for public display at the Kennedy Space Center. Not many were fortunate enough to be in person at today’s event. The transition was streamed live on Spaceflightnow.com (see earlier post from today) and members of the media were invited by the Kennedy Space Center.

BUT, our new friend at NASA, Ryan Horan, who organized our trip to see Endeavour, got to see Atlantis today in the VAB. Ryan, is no stranger to Atlantis and his work as a software engineer at NASA has given him the opportunity to not only get close to the shuttles in the VAB but actually be in the cockpit! Ryan sent these photos today of Atlantis in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The last photo is Ryan himself standing next to the Orbiter.

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Atlantis in the Vehicle Assembly Building

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Atlantis in the Vehicle Assembly Building

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Ryan Horan next to Shuttle Atlantis

Preparing for Our Own Liftoff

Hey Chasers,

It’s been two months now since our return journey to the Kennedy Space Center. Yesterday Paul and I, over Skype across the country, looked at the first rough cut that he had put together for our first trailer called the “Faces of Chasing Atlantis” that highlights some of the key interviews during our first journey in July and the more recent this past October. 

In September, our editing efforts were stalled due to a theft resulting in the loss of all of the editing equipment in the studio. Paul’s equipment was only recently replaced through the insurance process which has put us about 3 months behind schedule. However, we are getting back to speed and you will begin to see content on the website posted as of January 2012. 

Thanks to all of you who have continued to support us! Remember that you can find Chasing Atlantis in the following places:

twitter @chasingatlantis

Facebook: Chasing Atlantis

E-mail info@chasingatlantis.com

Web (here) http://www.chasingatlantis.com

Blessings,

Matthew

Curiosity Prepares for Journey to Mars

Largest vehicle we are planning on sending to the Red Planet yet. Curiosity’s revolutionary landing system may be the step we need to one day have somebody from our own Blue Planet settle on Mars. Rather than the rover being couched in an airbag deployed shell which looses energy gradually by bouncing across the Martian surface on landing, curiosity will have retro rockets that essentially suspend the unit above the surface until deployed at a safe velocity. Curiosity is simply too large to land with the traditional inflate and bounce system. 

Our own Globe and Mail puts it even more eloquently ;). Check out the article below:

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/science/curiosity-set-for-ambitious-mission-to-mars-the-red-planet/article2248372/

Our Globe from the ISS

Found this online tweeted by Commander Chris Hadfield today. What a stunning video. I’ve seen a similar view before, but this compilation is far more complex and includes some shots of Aurora from orbit.

Chasing Atlantis on IndieGoGo

Chasing Atlantis has been an incredible venture and we eagerly await the completion of our documentary so that we can share our story with all of you in the way that we experienced it.

Our project is an independent venture and as such Chasing Atlantis is completely self-funded. Flights, car rentals, equipment rentals, and hotel accommodations were all paid for out of pocket. While our journey itself is complete, we are left in the post-production phase with significant debts. To those of you who would be interested in supporting us in the post-production phase of the documentary and help to offset the costs in making this film, we would be most grateful for your financial assistance. We have a page up on IndieGoGo that we invite you to visit. There are even some listed perks for your donation that will allow you to be a more direct participant in our film!

Thank you very much for considering to support this commemoration of the space program and how it has inspired so many of us.

You can visit us on IndieGoGo via the link below:

www.indiegogo.com/Producer-1312242062?a=213958&i=addr

The Soul in the Machine

It’s been one day since I’ve returned from Titusville on the Chasing encore journey. I still find it hard to trace the path from our adventure’s first inception to standing before the Shuttle Endeavour this past Monday in NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building.

Chasing began when I first saw Endeavour touching down; its final landing and second last shuttle mission. The end of the shuttle program had almost eluded me. I had known that the end was approaching, but it was then that I realized there was only one mission left. Originally I had just decided to do the trip with a few friends. If only I could bring more people, make it a larger adventure to share in this moment of history. That’s when I realized that I could bring more people with me. I could bring a video camera.

Since that time, we have conducted at least 30 interviews with everybody from sci fi fans, scientists, engineers, museum curators, and astronauts. And then, two days ago, we got up close and personal with an orbiter itself. If it couldn’t be Atlantis, which is still housed in NASA hangar number 2, then it was fitting that we saw Endeavour, the orbiter which inspired me to take this journey to begin with. And there she was, not more than 30 feet in front of us. Though the ship’s avionics package and engines have been removed, it was still a beautiful and awe inspiring sight. Endeavour spent almost a total of one year in orbit circling our Blue Planet a total of 4671 times.

Standing before the shuttle, in the moments we had to get acquainted and take photos, I recognized how fortunate we were. Our venture into NASA was one of the first allowed to the public in the Vehicle Assembly Building in many years. However, I also realized something else. That our Chase had really caught two different and yet related things. The first was the technology. Yes we were chasing a vessel, the space shuttle, that almost magical thing that releases us, Human beings, prisoners of gravity, from the surface of this world. But it was those human beings themselves that became a whole other part of our story. We came to see a shuttle launch, and in doing so, we met a community. The ceaseless hospitality of the people of Titisville. Courageous astronauts who risked their lives to take bold leaps forward. Engineers who researched and studied and used their amazing intellect to make this amazing piece of technology. And finally, people, among whom I count myself, who are just inspired by this manifestation of the human need to explore and to know. It is this community to whom we owe what Chasing is becoming. Especially people like Ryan and Rachel Horan who brought us back to Florida this past week and made it possible for us to see Endeavour up close. These efforts reminded us that yes, it was about the shuttle, but it was also about the community that has really become the soul of what our project intends to be.

-Matthew

Left to Right: Ryan Horan, Matthew Cimone, Paul Muzzin, Peter Muzzin, Rachel Horan

Beginning of Return Journey to Kennedy Space Center

Sitting in the Vancouver airport right now. Doing a multi-leg journey back to Toronto then heading south through Washington and finally Orlando. Meeting back up with Paul in Orlando where we will be making our way back to NASA. Very stoked to get into the Vehicle Assembly Building to see an orbiter up close.

We will keep you updated along the way and definitely have some shots posted!

Boarding Call!
-Matthew

Back to NASA!!

Hey Chasers,

Some fantastic news!

During our journey to Florida this past Summer, we decided to throw the Chasing Atlantis Twitter feed on the side of our rental car with some window writers. I thought people might be interested in following our journey online. @chasingatlantis adorned on our Chevy Malibu, we rolled into the Kennedy Space Center, Paul brandishing the HD camera out the passenger window to capture the “John F. Kennedy Space Center” sign on the way to see Atlantis on the launch pad.

It was only a few hours later, while we were shooting within the KSC, that I got a tweet from @whitethunder75, AKA Ryan Horan, who has worked through contract with NASA on the space shuttles themselves. He saw a car with a giant camera hanging out the window and the twitter feed on the side. Ryan was interested about our film and felt strongly that projects like Chasing Atlantis facilitate the growth of the space program’s grassroots.

I remained in touch with Ryan following the trip to Florida and after returning from Sierra Leone. Ryan provided us with some amazing shots of Atlantis following its final mission. But he was also thinking about how it might be possible for us to get an even closer look at the shuttle program itself.

This past Tuesday, Ryan announced that he had made arrangements for us to return to the Kennedy Space Center to get up close and personal with a shuttle in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The remaining orbiters, Endeavour and Atlantis, are currently being prepped for public display. We are not certain which of the orbiters are currenlty present in the VAB but estimates look like it will be Endeavour as Atlantis moves into place for engine removal come November. It would be amazing to get to see Atlantis up close. It was the mission that ended the shuttle program and the vessel we drove across North America to see. But getting to enter that building and see any orbiter up close is no small opportunity. I also think it is fitting that we see Endeavour so close. Watching Endeavour’s landing inspired me to think about chasing down the last mission before the program closed to begin with. All of the travel arrangements have been made and we will be leaving for Florida October 22nd.

We are very grateful to Ryan for his efforts and for believing in our project. We are currently working out the details regarding filming permissions for the trip. If all works well, we will have a whole other adventure to add to Chasing Atlantis that we would have never imagined possible prior to our humble road trip. Thank you, Ryan!

-Matthew

Here are the photos Ryan sent us below:

Atlantis is Home