In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/27 crew of the International Space Station, documentary film maker Chris Riley (of "In the Shadow of the Moon" fame) has created a new film of what Gagarin first witnessed fifty years ago, especially for the 50th anniversary.
The film is 108 minutes long, the same as Gagarin’s historic journey. "First Orbit" intercuts newly filmed images of the Earth shot to mimic what Gagarin would have seen from the windows of Vostok 1, with a mesmerizing musical score from Philip Sheppard.
The soundtrack features Gagarin's actual recorded conversation with the ground in Russian (subtitled into English) and the Radio Moscow English language broadcasts from the time.
KiwiSpace Foundation is a new non-profit organisation seeking to make space accessible to New Zealanders.
We aim to showcase the benefits and opportunities that space applications provide NZ; to highlight the many opportunities for New Zealanders to work in global space community; and enhance our national space capabilities and education programmes.