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Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun (1993)

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Life in space. Beam-ins. Intergalactic war. What about getting a driver's license or doing the laundry? This one-hour special features dozens of space professionals---from astronauts and ... See full summary »

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Rob Mikuriya
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Raymond Cruz ... Arturo
Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante ... Mr. Escalante
Kathy Bates ... Lunar Mom
Joseph Cousins ... Lunar Kid #1
Christian Cousins ... Lunar Kid #2
Vincent Schiavelli ... Miner #1
James Stephens III ... Miner #2
Rodney A. Grant ... Lunar Commish
Jackée Harry ... Charmayne (as Jackee)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Stockton
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Giles Standish
Esai Morales ... Kenny
Pat Morita ... Cap
Roger Scott Roger Scott ... Fred
Sheila Tousey ... Annie
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Life in space. Beam-ins. Intergalactic war. What about getting a driver's license or doing the laundry? This one-hour special features dozens of space professionals---from astronauts and life systems engineers to space suit designers, interior decorators and the "Lunar Lettuce Man." A moving story concerning Jaime Escalante and one of his students (Raymond Cruz) is interwoven with imaginative vignettes that explore the humor and drama of day-to-day life away from Earth. A documentary AND fantasy. Shot on video and on film. Guest stars include Kathy Bates, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Pat Morita, Esai Morales, and Billy Bob Thornton. Written by Steve Heard

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One small step
23 March 2002 | by nirgal27See all my reviews

"Living and Working in Space" is a brief study of life in space, both in 1993, and in the near-future. It features an assortment of skits with documentary footage about life in space. The main story involves a high-school student, named Arturo, (Raymond Cruz), who is confessing to his calculus teacher(Jaime Escalante), that he finds the subject too taxing. After a few words of encouragement, the story jumps ahead about 10 or 15 years, to find our student now en-route to the Moon.

Other sketches include a couple of asteroid miners (Vincent Schiavelli, James Stephens III) , an asteroid deflection team(Pat Morita, Sheila Tousey) , and a Lunar Chemical Engineer with a housekeeping problem (Kathy Bates). The best of these sketches involves a Lunar economic development agent (Rodney Grant)reviewing a series of 'off-beat' applicants. The weakest sketch involves Jesse Ventura as a DMV candidate, taking a Lunar Driving test. The whole skit just shows him thinking. This was well before he became governor of Minnesota. This program would be good to get middle school students involved in the study of space.


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