Mars and Beyond, Thinking Big

My students are watching Walt Disney’s Mars and Beyond in class today. They will write a response to the film over the weekend that will be one element of their second essay assignment–constructing a narrative of our solar system.

As many times as I’ve seen Mars and Beyond, it never ceases to amaze me how big Walt Disney and his hired consultants, Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger and Dr. Werner Von Braun, thought about our future exploration of Mars. They weren’t thinking about having a single ship make the first voyage, but instead, a whole armada–six ships–would make the long trip to Mars.

It’s almost over now, so I better run, so I can hoof it to MOU. I hope the technology works as well over there as it did today in SFH (besides the high pitched oscillating sound from the projector).

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.