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  1. Moonbase: The Next Step

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    July 21, 1969 at 02:56
    From the moment mankind first set foot on the moon we have dreamed of making a base there. A foot hold on the moon, where we can extract water and minerals, grow food and live on a more permanent basis.
    For the last 20 years, humans have continuously lived and worked aboard the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth, preparing for the day we move farther into the solar system.
    In the next 10 years that dream will become a reality. Mankind will return to the Moon and develop a sustained, strategic presence near the lunar South Pole. The moon will become our first ‘staging post’ from which Mars and the rest of the solar system becomes tantalisingly closer.

    MOONBASE: THE NEXT STEP is the story of this human endeavour, pushing scientific and technological advances to the limit. Travelling the 250,000 miles and surviving the hostile and alien conditions of reduced gravity, extreme temperatures and toxic lunar dust, we explain the science and technology for this brave mission to happen. Follow our story filled with awe, danger, trepidation and share the wonder of the lunar environment made for 360 fulldome format.
    Prepare for a hostile and breath-taking lunar experience…

    Director’s intent:  “We will place the viewer in an immersive environment that sells the sheer scale of the moon itself and then the immense scale of the task of surviving in such a hostile environment….”
    The audience will experience spectacular visuals soaring and interacting overhead moving from stylish graphical model animations into photo-real ‘point of view’ visuals as we dock, land and explore the lunar world.

    Key Credits

    Original Concept and Design : Graham Watts
    Directors : Graham Watts, Simon Clarke
    Writers : Jenny Shipway, Martin Williams
    Producers : Emma Kolasinska, Alex Briggs
    Executive Producers : Jon Grafton, Ruth Coalson
    Narrator :  Nicole Stott
    VFX Lead : Alex Rumsey
    Compositing Supervisor : Olly Hagar
    Sound Design : Echoic