Why Space? A Surreal 1957 Cartoon About Space Exploration

Courtesy of the Internet Archive, this animated film from the Department of Defense makes the case for space. "The challenging idea of exploring beyond our planetary boundaries is as old as history," the narrator explains, and goes on to give a brief overview of the astronomers, explorers, and inventors who led the way. "Space is the new psychological frontier," he continues. "It provides us an emotional challenge, it stimulates our desires for knowledge and adventure, it increases our fears," he says, and the list goes on. 

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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