Moon Shot | Episode 2 | Germany: Part-Time Scientists

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Founded by an ad hoc group of part-timers, this Berlin-based GLXP team plans to open source its mission data. Team leader Robert Böhme, who was raised in the former East Germany, says the free exchange of information is ultimately more important than money.

Episode Two of Moon Shot, a documentary from Academy Award®-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, Epic Digital Google and XPRIZE ( The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest prize competition of all time with a reward of $30 million and aims to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable access to the Moon and beyond, while inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.

This character-driven, emotional, awe-inspiring series of 9 short films will follow a selection of the teams currently racing to complete their missions. It will explore the lives of their charismatic, quirky members, the sacrifices they have made to get to where they are today, and crucially, what drives them on this incredible journey.

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Orlando von Einsiedel

Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams

Joshua Davis
Lindsey Weber
Joshuah Bearman
Andrew Lee

Jon Drever
Becca Perry
Ben Rosenblatt

Story Producer
Steven Leckart

Line Producer
Adam Mitchenall

Director of Photography
Franklin Dow

Katie Bryer
Andy Cardy
Rebecca Valente
Nathan Orloff

Patrick Jonsson

Production Managers
Sunny Dimitriadou
Elena Andreicheva
Josie Wicks

Camera Assistants
Will Hadley
Jamie Ackroyd
Naomi Hancock

Sound Recordist
Sara Lima

Assistant Editors
Youssef Bouhassis
Ailene Roberts
Laura Creecy

Post-Production Management
Amelia Franklin
Philip Hoang

Sal Sciortino

Juan Ignacio Cabrera

Conform Artist
Peter Amies

Sound Re-Recording Mixers
Lindsey Alvarez
Craig Henighan

Production Services
Grain Media

Visual Effects
Kelvin Optical, Inc.

Google Brand Marketing
Michael Tabtabai
Cameron Luby
Yasemin Denari Southworth
Ben Quesnel
Matt Hirst

Production Support
Mike Silver
Cory Bennett Lewis
Josh Tate
Morgan Dameron
Amir Mojarradi
Eboni Price
Kristofer Cross

Special Thanks
Dr. Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut, Apollo XI
Part-Time Scientists
Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer
David Locke
Charles Scott
Robby Stambler
Matt Evans
Jesse Goldsmith
Chrysta Burton
Ali Lowndes
Diane Coote
Richard Jephcote
Nick Rowley
Alice Martineau
Kelly Vicars
Harry Spitzer
Natalie So
Alex Blume
Fabian Gruner
Olliver Grabowski

Additional footage provided by:
Goddard Space Flight Center
Arizona State University
Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
Archive Films Editorial
Chatchai Somwat

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  1. Dude….I guess you haven't heard that your brethren, Warner Van Braun helped to fake a trip to the moon….so I guess you are following in his footsteps NICE!!! Hey…can't wait to see what you guys come up with….you do realize, that NO one is going to believe whoever wins this "contest"……btw, hoping you folks use better cameras that have COLOR and its not black and white….if black and white, well, then we know its fake….GL!….I'll give you $5 if you guys really do this LOL!…..heck, I'll give you $10M, why…well, because I know its NOT possible….but whatever…..continue on….we love you!

  2. These episodes are completely boring! I love space and all that is going on. The point of this series is lost on me. If the aim is to excite the public about the google x prize, it is a complete flop! Get to the meat and don't fill each episode with flowers, and laughing children, and puffy clouds and birds and people's happy talk. Show the nuts and bolts! The back stories are a waste of time. Make it interesting.

  3. I have not ONCE in my lifetime met a german engineer who doesn't mention the KISS principle, explain what it is, and then proceed with presenting an overengineered underdesigned piece of crap that doesn't work 5% off tolerance. Not ONCE!