Ad Astra Shows Us the Future of Space Travel (Nerdist News Edition)

Ad Astra Shows Us the Future of Space Travel (Nerdist News Edition)


– [Dr. Moo] This episode
of Nerdist News Edition is sponsored by “Ad Astra”. (relaxing music) – Hi, this is Doctor Moo and we are Space Port
America in New Mexico. And while we’re here, were gonna get hands on
in an actual space port, learn about interstellar
travel from NASA personnel and we’re going to find
out exactly what it took to get the movie “Ad Astra”
off the ground and into space. (relaxing music) We are here with Robert Yowell, the technical consultant for “Ad Astra” and all-around amazing person. – Oh, thank you. (both laugh) Okay. (laughs) – What key components, do you
think, are closest to reality, especially when it comes to space travel? – The idea of us having
commercial entities on the Moon is probably fairly close to reality. The other aspect, of course, which is interesting because I think it happened by accident, the idea that we have
military forces in space. So, if I’m not mistaken, that came about because initially NASA did not fully approve their
involvement in the film, so the next alternative is, “Okay, let’s make them US Space Command.” And when we made the film, US Space Command didn’t
exist and now it does. It’s been reinstated after 17 years. – We are here with Astronaut Melvin, the most amazing in everybody’s hearts, astronauts. (laughs) – You’re too kind, but thank you, thank you! – So, I want to ask you a few
questions about “Ad Astra” and the linkages as an
astronaut to the movie. – You know, the views from space. I mean, the first thing you
see when you go up to space, you look out the window, you see these incredible
views of our planet. And that’s one of the
things that changes the way you connect back to humanity because of your perspective that you get. And I think in “Ad Astra”, you know, it went much further than our planet, it went to the Moon, it went to Mars and then to Neptune. And just to think, as an astronaut, to maybe fly and live along
the Martian surface one day, or even go to Neptune, those thoughts were
really connecting with me about how the next generation of explorers would be doing some of those things. And I’m hoping that I
can help inspire them to be those kids who go do that. Maybe kids that look like
me, you know, to do that. – What are some of the challenges in designing and implementing space port? – So, the neat thing that we wanted to do on our initial infrastructure here, was to try and blend
in the beautiful views that our explorers in the past had when they were on the trail and they were looking at
the San Andreas Mountains. And so, the gateway to space was designed to kind of
blend in to the mountains. Our goal is to try and
make this space port, a very beautiful creation
that blends in from the Earth and goes into space as
we go forward in time. – Of all of the things
that happened in the movie, they wanna take something
that’s kinda far away and bring it to the present day. What do you think is the closes
reality as far as the tech or some of the events that happened? – Closest to reality now is people living and working
together in harmony, in peace and knowing that if
they screw up, you know, everyone can go out from that. I think the other parts
of it are, you know, the separation from family and the feelings of
loneliness and you know, those types of psychological
things that affect everyone that goes to space sometimes, it’s part of it also. – You are a shiny example of
perseverance and positivity. Do you have any advice for kids who want to grow up to be like you? – There’s a quote by Mark Twain, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and
the day you figured out why.” Figure out why you were
born, what your purpose is and if you wanna find space, do the things that you love
to do that involve math and science and engineering
and those kind of things. Because if you don’t get into the core, you can always do the
things that you love. And those will be the cherry on top. – So, it’s gonna take
a complete right turn. (makes screeching noise) I had a picture with you,
almost exactly 10 years ago. It looks like this. Can we recreate that picture? That was on your day of launch. – Wow! Well, cool. Well, let’s take it.
– So, can we? All right, let’s do it! Yeah. (laughs) What a day we had here
at Space Port America! So, what do you think about the future
prospects of space travel? Let’s discuss! Thanks “Ad Astra” for
sponsoring today’s episode. “Ad Astra” follows astronaut
Roy McBride played by Brad Pitt as he embarks on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar
system, to save the Universe. While he fights for his
survival in the cold of space, he also seeks the truth about his missing father’s
doom’s mission, 30 years earlier. Check out “Ad Astra” on
4K, Ultra HD and Blu-Ray on December 17th. Or, grab it on Digital, right now! (relaxing music) (digital chimes)

28 thoughts on “Ad Astra Shows Us the Future of Space Travel (Nerdist News Edition)

  1. Honestly sounds really cool. This is something that I am actually interested in and have thought about for a while now. Thank you for bringing stuff like this in front of us.

  2. Bruh I live in New Mexico and the Spaceport aint shit since our Governer fucked it all up. All it's used for is movie sets now.

  3. "The most amazing, in everybody's heart, astronaut"….ok.. puke. Interview tip: contain your gush or lose legitimacy.

  4. What I'd like to see in an outer space narrative movie is the oddity of navigation in a three dimensional grid. In star trek, start wars, and many other motion pictures, we see space as a linear field, moving in NESW directions to the next planet, bit rarely do we get up, down, and angled degrees. Sometimes the next planet might be below you or above you, not just east or west of you, and that kind of navigation is difficult for the way we are taught throughout our lives. I'd like to see this done more often.

  5. I really enjoy many scifi movie, especially about space and such. But this movie is the one i really dont like. Very slow paced, lack of character building, lack of real good plot. There are so many question in the end.
    And about physics,, maaan. How the hell they can create artificial gravity in the moon base to begin with.
    Hope i can watch more interstellar like movie.

  6. I watched Ad Astra yesterday – it's a nice enough movie if you like looking at Brad Pitt's face, but the story is pointless. Everything happens because, hey wouldn't be cool if we had a car chase in space, and monkeys gone rogue, and so on.

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