For most people born since 1970, a lot of it may be taken for granted, but the fact remains that space travel has played a critical role in shaping our understanding of the Earth as well as our lives on it. The new documentary Planetary offers an in-depth look on how this breakthrough technology has impacted lives across the world – revolutionizing not only air flight, but also medical technology – the development of the pacemaker and the MRI.
“One of the truly extraordinary events of the 20th century was space travel,” says philosopher David Loy in the new documentary. “And by that I don’t simply mean the fact that we went to the Moon and came back, but that this gave us a totally different perspective on the Earth.”
Not only was space travel advantageous from a scientific perspective, with many life-changing discoveries, as well as an economic one – bringing new, innovative technology – or to consider $7 or $8 return for every $1 invested, but it serves another purpose as well. The documentary interviews a whole host of people, from astronauts to philosophers, and it has played a crucial part to humanity’s own perception of itself – rather than nations and tribes we are in fact one interconnected multitude that is part of something much bigger – a theme that the film explores in depth.
Planetary will make its premiere at select theaters and also at Vimeo On Demand in time for Earth Day tomorrow. Check out an exclusive clip from the film above and the trailer below.