Last week, I watched an excellent but eerie movie titled Moon. The story involves a solitary lunar miner who is eagerly approaching the end of three year contract extracting energy from the crust of the moon. And then things go wrong. Directed by Duncan Jones, Moon stars Sam Rockwell along with Kevin Spacey voicing a robotic computer. Jones says that he wanted to make the kind of science fiction film he grew up watching… movies like Alien and Silent Running. One of the more remarkable things is how it was received by scientists at NASA Space Center in Houston.  Jones recalls a Q&A where a space scientists asked “why the base looked so sturdy, like a bunker, and not like the kind of stuff they are designing that they are going to transport with them. I said ‘Well, in the future I assume you won’t want to continue carrying everything with you, you’ll want to use the resources on the moon to build things’ and a woman in the audience raised her hand and said, ‘I’m actually working on something called Mooncrete which is concrete that mixes lunar regolith and ice water from the moon’s polar caps.'”


2 Comments Moon

  1. bob August 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    This was a great film. One of my favs. Ahhh NASA. I wish they did build studier stuff instead making stuff that always has to be fixed and worked on. Maybe that’s just my perception.

  2. mao August 27, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    I am here to help you sam. loved it that retro-futurist aesthetics, and how it portraits the fears, flaws and dreams of every human being.

    Trivia: did you know that mr duncan it is actually the son of mr david bowie

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