In this episode we dive into the new award-winning documentary about inspirational physics professor Gerry K. O’Neill. Gerry was a Princeton University professor who changed the face of space exploration during the 1970s and 80s with his plans for building human colonies in space. His innovative ideas inspired many, including Johnny Carson and Isaac Asimov.
Producer Will Henry joins us today to discuss the new film, THE HIGH FRONTIER: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill.
About the film
The High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill is an award winning documentary film about the life and influence of Gerard K. O’Neill told through the eyes of his peers, family and the younger generation he inspired during the 1970s and 80s who are now leaders in the modern day space race. Through old stories of “Gerry” as many called him, and the social impact he made on the world, this documentary pays tribute to the unsung hero of today’s space race, while hoping to inspire all ages and walks of life to reignite our planet’s space venturing spirit.
About Gerard K. O'Neill
This Princeton University physics professor changed the face of space exploration during the 1970s and 80s with his plans for building space colonies in free space in Earth orbit. These ideas, and a book he released, THE HIGH FRONTIER: HUMAN COLONIES IN SPACE, made an incredible impact on a generation fueled by Star Trek and a dream of venturing out into this unknown territory. Gerry made appearances on the Johnny Carson Show, the Round Table with Harold Hayes, even Isaac Asimov was a fan. Unfortunately, Gerry passed in 1992 from a battle with leukemia and his space colonies and dreams never came to fruition. Until now..
With Gerry’s story, and the help of everyone involved with the film, we hope to keep his dream alive and maybe even see a day where “O’Neill Cylinders” are above our own heads!
For more info, visit https://thehighfrontiermovie.com/