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INTERVIEW: David Sander talks about "Man Conquers Space"

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 10/19/09

With us today, we have David Sander, an Australian independent filmmaker who, for the last several years, has been working on making a film called "Man Conquers Space. David, thanks for agreeing to talk to us today, we really appreciate you taking the time out to speak to us today.

DAVID SANDER:
Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed. It isn't often I am permitted an opportunity to let people know of my project, so much appreciation to you and your team.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "All Around The Moon"

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Ok, I've been slamming Von Braun pretty hard, calling him an Nazi Party Member and a Major in the SS, and some people have complained to me about dissing the guy who put us on the moon, and that none of that stuff doesn't matter any more than the current Pope having been an unwilling member of the Hitler Youth.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "To the Moon with Von Braun and Disney!"

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Over the last couple weeks, we've been looking at Von Braun's space shuttle obsession, and Disney's eventual enthusiastic support of such a thing. So, ok, you've got a space shuttle. The obvious problem then becomes one we in the present face: "So you can get to orbit. Big deal. What do you do next?" Well, you go on to the moon, obviously, and here's former Nazi party member and SS Major Werner von Braun himself explaining his plan and how it'll all work, followed by a dramatization of a lunar mission. Part 1:

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "Von Braun's Space Shuttles - Disney Style!"

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Last week we talked about Von Braun's space shuttle obsession and our glorious dreams of a 1950s future in space. This week we'll look at some actual visualizations of that future, as seen by Disney studios.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "Von Braun's Space Shuttles"

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Dr. Werner von Braun: Nazi Scientist, American Hero, Best Buddies with Walt Disney. Just a strange, twisted life which more or less encapsulates the moraly ambiguous middle-third of the last century, don't you think? But regardless of which side of the Devil/Dupe argument you fall on with von Braun, there's no arguing that the man was freakin' brilliant. So brilliant, in fact, that some people have claimed he was a time traveler from the future.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Trips to Mars, 1950s style

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A short disney film showing 1950s concepts for trips to the red planet under the jump. You've got to hand it to Walt. I can't imagine a more dedicated futurian, he acutally used his considerable industrial and media resources to plug this kind of stuff and make it really exciting and interesting and understandable for ma and pa kettle.

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