Orphans of Apollo -- Los Angeles Premier

Many of us secretly (or perhaps not-so-secretly) dream of owning our very own space outpost. But let's face it -- that idea definitely seems pretty "out there", right? Most of us are still saving up for our ride to space, let alone an entire space station.

What many people don't know is that small group of space advocates with big dreams achieved almost exactly that about 10 years ago. Formed in 1999, the team formed a commercial space company called "MirCorp" with audacious ambitions of leasing Mir Space Station from the Russians for commercial space purposes. MirCorp did successfully sign a  lease of the space station -- the first of its kind -- and had a number of other important firsts including:

  • First privately funded manned expedition to a space station (launch April 4, 2000, return June 16, 2000)
  • First privately funded cargo resupply mission in space (April 27, 2000)
  • First privately funded spacewalk (May 12, 2000)
  • First contract for space tourist (Dennis Tito, June 19, 2000)
Even with these significant milestones, however, the MirCorp ultimately had to close its doors and the space station Mir was deorbited in March 2001.

The story of MirCorp was picked up by Director Michael Potter, who decided to produce a documentary to share "the greatest space story never told". The result: "Orphans of Apollo", an award-winning film which Michael Potter will be premiering in the LA-area this Friday, May 28th, 6pm at the Historic Warner Grand Theater. Tickets are $10 (buy them here), and SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie will be speaking at the event as well. 

Come one, come all! Some of the Google Lunar X PRIZE staff certainly plans to attend, and we'd love to see you there if you can make it. If you can't join us but are still interested in the film, the DVD is available on the Orphans of Apollo website.

Hope to see you Friday!

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