Space Tourists (2009)





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Once upon a time, children dreamed of some day being smart, strong and resourceful enough to be astronauts. Now, once can become a space traveler if they have a big enough bankroll. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the space program that was once America's closest rival has fallen on hard times, with a severe shortage of funding, scientific know-how and hardware. However, some former Soviet states have discovered they can help finance space flights through private enterprise, and a number of multi-millionaires with a passion for space flight have been able to realize their dreams of spending a few days aboard the International Space Station in exchange for a hefty ticket price. Anousheh Ansari is a wealthy American who paid $20 million for the privilege of traveling to Star City in Kazakhstan, training with a crew of the nation's astronauts and joining them for a trip to the space station. Filmmaker Christian Frei follows Ansari was she trains for her journey to the stars and examines the remains of the Russian space program as they struggle to stay afloat with cash from moneyed dilettantes in the documentary Space Tourists, which also explores how entrepreneurial space flight could also make travel to the stars cheaper and easier in the long run. Space Tourists was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Action & Adventure , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Space Tourists

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(The director's) detachment from the humanity of his subjects is frustrating and mars a technically fine piece of film-making.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

Audience Reviews for Space Tourists


A fun documentary, though that may sound like an oxymoron to some. Really it is two documentaries. One is about rich people paying an impoverished nation's space program to go to the ISS, and the other follows a group of Kazakhs as they chase the falling booster engines so they can cut them up over a period of days and sell the scrap to China. The second stages fall in more heavily populated areas, and if they do not take out some poor peasant's house, they too chop these things up and make tools or patch their roofs with them.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

Engaging doc examines the new frontier of space tourism built on the ashes of the once venerable Soviet space program. There's an elegiac quality to its look at what was once a grand, now mostly abandoned. Lofty dreams overgrown with weeds. It's a bit unfocused, and it's score doesn't really fit, but there are flashes of something great here.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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