Director: Mike Woolf
Executive Producer: Brady Dial
Director of Photography: Andrew Yates
Editor: Catie Cacci
Richard Garriott: Man on A Mission is an inspiring full-length documentary on Richard Garriott who becomes the first second generation astronaut to travel into space. The film takes viewers on a detailed countdown to launch as Garriott makes his way through his year of training. From Star City, Moscow, to NASA, to Yuri Gagarin’s original launch pad -- viewers are Garriott's co-pilot in his journey to the stars. In 2008 Richard Garriott became the first son of an astronaut to go to space. But this is no millionaire’s joy ride: he pioneered private space travel to make his dream come true.
Not just for space fans, this is a film that will inspire anyone who works tirelessly to make their dream come true.Right at the beginning of the documentary we learn that Richard is no millionaire looking for a joy ride. This is a goal he has been working toward since he was diagnosed nearsighted at age 8 and could not qualify as a NASA astronaut like his dad.
OwenGarriott was one of the first scientist-astronauts and flew on-board Skylab in the 70’s. He is truly a man with the right stuff and is featured prominently in the film. He helps Richard develop science experiments to conduct in space and literally walks him to the rocket that will carry the first son of an astronaut to space.
Training to fly aboard the Russian Soyuz is much harder than writing a big check – first consider that all the instruments and instructions are in Russian. Most of the training takes place in Star City – Russia’s recently declassified cosmonaut training center. Step
by step, Richard is our personal guide to the inner workings of the Russian space program. Highlights include centrifuge training, hydro-lab work, water rescue training in the Black Sea and ultimately launching from a remote base in Kazakhstan.
Through Richard’s experiences we get a fresh look at the history of the Russian space program. We come to respect their impressive safety record and unheralded number of space-race firsts. Along the way we put ourselves in Richard’s space shoes and ask if we
would have the guts to go to space. NASA astronauts explain how the Russian Soyuz rocket and re-entry systems work and highlight the immense cost and risks of human space flight.
It’s an intimate, rare perspective of life on board the Space Station. The 10 days go by quickly and then it’s time for re-entry. After an emotional goodbye, Richard dons his space suit and turns on his camera to film an exclusive ride back to Earth like no other,
including a look out the window during the fiery re-entry as the capsule is in communication blackout. Once safely back on Earth, his father is waiting to greet him, welcoming us all to a new generation of human space exploration.
Many well-known entrepreneurs/explorers who made millions in the technology boom are opening up the business of space to private industry. Richard is leading the way and we were there to see it all. His incredible journey will inspire dreamers and awaken the
astronaut in all of us.