On February 27, An exclusive Director's screening of the award winning film "Orphans of Apollo" www.orphansofapollo.com was screened in Washington D.C. at George Washington University. The screening of the film raised funds for the International Space University, and marked the inaugural event of the new Arthur C. Clarke fellowship endowment. The event was held in partnership of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute.
"Orphans of Apollo," is the documentary film that follows the band of rebels who set out to change the course of history in space, as they board a private Gulf Stream jet, fly to Russia and negotiate one of the most remarkable business deals of the final frontier.
During the question and answer period, ISU Alumni and Director, Michael Potter argued that the film, is really the story that belongs to thoese that participated in the MirCorp project. Potter argued that during this period of the U.S. Presidential transition, when a new NASA Administrator has not yet been appointed, this film provides key lessons for leadership more generally, and more importantly lessons on how a small dedicated group of people can have a critical impact on space activities more generally.
Supporting institutions for the event included the American Astronautical Society, the Space Frontier Foundation, the ISU-USA Alumni Association, the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the National Space Society, and Women In Aerospace.
[photo credit: Karen Cramer Shea]