“A homesick astronaut encounters an unusual and mysterious staircase on the Martian landscape.”

This short by Manu Prasad Gopinath explores the psychological impact of living on Mars, unable to see the swirling greens and blues of home. No human has been out of sight of Earth yet, although the Apollo astronauts reported some dismay at seeing their home shrink even to the small extent seen from the relatively close proximity of the Moon. One of the favorite pasttimes of astronauts in Earth orbit is watching the planet pass beneath them.

What will be the impact of losing sight of Earth?

Earthshine by Manu Gopinath from Manu Prasad Gopinath on Vimeo.

A Film by Manu Prasad Gopinath
Music by Tim Morrish
Sound by Alexander Ballis

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Merryl Azriel

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.