A space station appears in a 1955 film that Chesley worked on with producer George Pal called Conquest of Space. Since then, Chesley’s work has been a part of television shows like Men Into Space and influenced iconic films like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The news that Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future now circles the Earth at 4.76 miles per second brought smiles to its Co-Producers Ron Miller and Melvin Schuetz. “This is a signature moment that just astounds me. It’s incredible!” said Ron, a space artist himself. "Chesley Bonestell has been one of the pillars of my career. I would not be doing what I do today had it not been for his influence...and every painting I do is a tip of my hat to his inspiration.” Melvin, himself a renowned Bonestell historian, agrees. “As a young boy, I became fascinated with Chesley’s extraordinary art. It’s wonderful that he has now been taken up into space—something that fascinated him so much. That fascination inspired him to create paintings that have encouraged others to accomplish what humanity has dreamed of for centuries—the exploration of the Final Frontier.”
Special thanks must be extended to NASA’s Behavioral Health and Performance team, who transmitted the film to the ISS. This team supports the astronauts’ leisure time activities like family teleconferences and viewing live sporting events. It should be noted that NASA does not specifically endorse the music or films they provide to the ISS crews. They also can't confirm if the crew has actually watched the film but we’re hopeful about hearing some out-of-this-world reviews in the days or weeks ahead! Would that Chesley could be alive today to see how important his life's work has become in a film that now orbits 254 miles above the earth.
The Chesley Bonestell Film Team is deeply indebted to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and to Mark Pestana for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of this film.