While the rest of us - the other 7.9 billion people here on Earth – are
going about our daily lives, looking straight ahead, there are another six
people living off our planet 250 miles above our heads. These are the men
and women of the International Space Station, whose home is a spaceship, an
outpost in the cosmos.
Drawing on archive and interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, colleagues
and family members, THE WONDERFUL: STORIES FROM THE SPACE STATION brings
together personal testimonies from the men and women who have been part of
this extraordinary project - a remarkable achievement of technology,
international collaboration, scientific endeavour and human bravery.
The International Space Station is completely unique – continuously
occupied since November 2000, it is a triumph of engineering and
cooperation and the largest peacetime international project in history.
Assembled by space walkers flying around the earth at 17,500 miles per
hour, the length of a football pitch, its solar arrays stretching out for
more than an acre, the work of 15 nations over 20 years. But the film is
not about the 450 tonnes of silver spaceship orbiting earth - THE WONDERFUL
is the story of the men and women who live inside it - their stories played
out against the vast, beautiful, bottomless, darkness of the Universe.
For every astronaut who risks their life to go into space there is a chain
of people who help them get there. From the family members saying goodbye
through protective glass at the launch site, to the engineers, flight
directors and dedicated teams at NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA - to
the teachers who inspired them, to the pioneers of space exploration, to
the pilot who taught a young Peggy Whitson to fly on her farm in Iowa. This
is a story of human connection