This U2 thing got me interested in other celebrities who push the space agenda.
Remember former boy band popstar Lance Bass?
In August 2002, Bass entered cosmonaut training in Star City, Russia. Bass was originally supposed to be the host of a space competition show to be entitled The Big Mission, in which several contestants would go through rigorous training in order to win a seat on a Russian Soyuz space capsule. However, the game show concept fell apart when the producers of the show decided it would be a much better idea to shoot a documentary of a celebrity actually training and going into space, and airing it on a major network. The producers came up with the idea of using Bass when, while sitting with a friend and discussing the space project, the friend's daughter shouted out, "Lance Bass wants to go into space!" The girl, who was an 'N Sync fan, learned of Bass's lifelong dream of space travel when she read it in an online chat, and suggested Bass to the producers.
In order to be admitted into training, Bass agreed to undergo heart surgery to correct a type of cardiac arrhythmia, which was discovered in 1999 when he collapsed after a concert. After several months of training, Bass received cosmonaut certification and was scheduled to fly into space on the Soyuz TMA-1 mission that was to be launched on October 30, 2002. The capsule was scheduled to fly to the International Space Station and land in a desert in Kazakhstan.
Several months before Bass was scheduled to fly, the original deal to air the documentary about Bass fell through. Bass's camp turned to MTV, who initially agreed to sponsor the trip but then backed out over "payment, insurance, and indemnification issues". Shortly after, all of Bass's other sponsorships fell through, including one sponsor that pulled out because they worried about the image of their brand possibly being tarnished if Bass were to die on the mission. Bass was eventually rejected from the program, and was replaced on the flight by Russian cosmonauts Yuri Lonchakov, Sergei Zalyotin and Belgium’s Frank De Winne.
In 2003, Bass began serving as World Space Week's Youth Spokesman. Bass has stated that he believes young people becoming more interested in space exploration "will help the future of our planet". From 2003 to 2005, Bass spent World Space Week traveling to American high schools speaking with students about space exploration and encouraging them to explore careers in the fields of science and mathematics. Bass is a member of the National Space Society, a non-profit educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher Von Braun. Bass has served on the National Space Society's Board of Governors since October 2004, alongside other space advocates such as actor Tom Hanks and author and futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke. In a 2007 interview with GQ magazine, Bass stated that he "absolutely" still intends on going to space, and that he hopes to work on a space documentary. Bass has also retained fluency in Russian, which he was required to learn during his training.
Was supposed to go into space but the plan "fell through". How unfortunate...
Partners with Tom Hanks, eh? What's up with him...
Tom Hanks is an interesting character in this media fakery game.
Other credits from Tom Hanks full of propaganda and/or "explaining" our reality and its events:
Forrest Gump (1994) - Acclaimed movie telling us what happened from the 60's to 90's.
Apollo 13 (1995) - Acclaimed movie about space exploration/the moon
Saving Private Ryan (1998) - Acclaimed movie propagandizing WWII
From Earth to the Moon (1998) - Space documentary
Band of Brothers (2001) - Acclaimed tv series propagandizing WWII
Freedom: A History of Us (2003) - TV series propagandizing the "official" "history of the United States
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) - Yes another space documentary
Da Vinci Code (2006) - Religious propaganda
Angels and Demons (2007) - Religious propaganda
Charlie Wilson's War (2009) - Afghanistan/"War on Terror" propaganda and limited hangout
The Pacific (2010) - Acclaimed tv series propagandizing WWII
But he seems like such a good guy...
Not just another Hollywood paid whore. Lump this magoo-ish chump in with Buscemi, Crystal, and De Niro as active participants in this fakery "game". Seems to have a specific hard-on for the moon bs.
And Sir Arthur Clarke?
Clarke's first venture into film was the Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick and Clarke had met in New York City in 1964 to discuss the possibility of a collaborative film project. As the idea developed, it was decided that the story for the film was to be loosely based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", written in 1948 as an entry in a BBC short story competition. Originally, Clarke was going to write the screenplay for the film, but Kubrick suggested during one of their brainstorming meetings that before beginning on the actual script, they should let their imaginations soar free by writing a novel first, upon which the film would be based. "This is more or less the way it worked out, though toward the end, novel and screenplay were being written simultaneously, with feedback in both directions. Thus I rewrote some sections after seeing the movie rushes -- a rather expensive method of literary creation, which few other authors can have enjoyed." The novel ended up being published a few months after the release of the movie.
Just the guy (along with Kubrick) who shaped the image of space and space travel onto film, and into the minds of the public. No big deal.