GSU’s planetarium presents Back to the Moon for Good

Taisha White and Tandra Smith

Actor Tim Allen lends his voice as narrator of the movie, ‘Back to The Moon for Good,’ which will be presented at Georgia Southern’s planetarium located in the Math and Physics Building on Feb. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. with multiple showings until 9 p.m.

Back to the Moon for Good goes into a space exploration race between numerous teams as they try to successfully calculate and a land a robot on the moon, travel 500 feet and send back pictures/data of the moon to Earth for a prize of $30 million.

The movie, which was created by Google Lunar Xprize, has teams that have 90 percent of its costs privately funded. All teams have to keep their funds low to provide cheaper space explorations in the future.

“The first half of it will be Back to the Moon for Good, which will be the main planetarium show,” Dillion Marcy, planetarium assistant, said. “Then I am going to be doing a short, overall look at the space race itself. How we began back in the early 1900s to where we are right now and the major things in between.”

One student is excited about the event happening at the planetarium because she feels it will answer her numerous questions about the moon.

“I like watching movies about space and the moon, but I have heard numerous theories about the moon itself,” Elon Ross, junior information technology major, said. “One theory I am curious about is that if the moon were to vanish, [would] life on Earth do the same?”

Claudia Rodriguez, senior geology major, believes that students should take an interest in learning about the moon and should become more informed about what is going on in the world.

“There is a disconnection between people and space,” Rodriguez said. “So I think that it is important for people to take the time and learn about what is happening in space. This is also great for those who are interested in developing a career in this type of field. The foundation has been set for space exploration. There just needs to be more people involved.”

Back to the Moon for Good will be free and open to the general public.

Photo Courtesy of Tahir Daudier.