It’s not a joke any longer – Google is really shooting own epic, special effects-laden documentary in response to the TV series titled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Its reality show Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race, is just another part of the company's Lunar XPrize Contest, which is designed to motivate competing teams from different parts of the world to land a spacecraft on the moon and take photo proves of this journey.
The debates around $30 mln. prize make sense as building a space ship on your own may cost far more than $30 mln. That’s why many people keep arguing this is nothing more than one more advertising campaign. Many watchers do not trust it is a documentary at all.
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To prove its intentions, Google developers maintained 24-minute movie for official YouTube channel created from the immersive planetarium show of 2014.
We can recall the entire history of lunar exploration enjoying splendid views designed with the help of 3D imagery, contrast infographics, and perfect animations right in the middle of the action.
Various topics that may seem boring (e.g. explaining why the moon's resources may have value for future space missions) are displayed in a very dynamic and alive way due to the artistry and professional voice-over by Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear). Pre-space observation period on Earth comes across less as a history lesson in this short movie; it turns more a dramatic recap of an epic adventure.
But, perhaps, it is true what people say: such corporations should think more of the planet’s wealth. There is no secret Florida and California are about going underwater in the next 50 years because of the climate change and raised sea levels. There is no secret thousands of people die from hunger every day in South Africa. So, why should humanity waste its time and money on searching for “nothing” on the Moon? What kind of resources are we planning to find there?
Besides, taking into account Google’s direct competitors in the face of Amazon or Netflix that are also getting into the movie making business recently, the doubts concerning the campaign are evident. Anyway, this unusual film stresses that Google has to consider trying its hand at entering the film production business as well.
Heh, I loved this comment: “Are teams allowed to shoot down their rival crafts?” :-D