By Staff Editor, PK
Instead of our usual Video Of the Day segment, I thought I’d bring you a Science Fiction movie, it’s only 5 minutes long, but it has one incredible distinction from most. It was filmed in outer-space.
Richard Garriott is known for many historical achievements in his life, being a pioneer in the video game industry, he coined the term Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) and helped develop games for that genre. In 2008, he used his fortune to become the first space tourist aboard the International Space Station (ISS). During his trip to the ISS, he took the opportunity to film a science fiction film called Apogee of Fear. Despite the name, the short film is actually a light hearted comedy which features the astronauts of the ISS dealing with the sadness of loosing Richard to his return trip to Earth, then being happy again that he actually had stayed behind, then trying to find a spirit loose on the station.
NASA had previously refused to allow Garriot to release the film to the public for an unknown reason, but according to a recent message from Garriot on his Twitter feed, it appears the space agency may be changing its mind. The above movie, is apparently a bootleg copy that was shot with a handi-cam at a rare public performance of the work. Stay tuned to Krypton Radio, as we’ll update you with any official notices on what NASA decides regarding the very first sci-fi comedy movie, filmed in space.