Film Short On The Colliding Worlds Of Appollo, Astronauts & A Sheep Farmer

Jason Schwarzman plays an astronaut and Ingvar E.Sigurðsson an Icelandic sheep farmer. Photo/Eirik Evje

Director Bobbie Peers who received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 for his film Sniffer, was recently in Iceland for shooting of his film short Appollo. The film tells the story of when NASA astronauts visited Iceland in the sixties for practicing moonwalking in preparement for their journey to the Moon. The geology field exercises were intended to develop the astronauts observational skills in recognizing basic geologic structures. Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurðsson joined Jason Schwarzman and Jake Johnson in the film short. According to Skúli Fr. Malmquist, NASA considered Iceland to have very lunarlike landscapes, perfect for research and practice, and Appollo is “a story about two worlds colliding, two astronauts and an Icelandic sheepfarmer.

To add hereto,are plans of the Exploration Museum in the town of Húsavík, North Iceland, http://www.explorationmuseum.com/is/  for building a full sized replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module in time for the 50 year anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. The Exploration Museum opened its first exhibition in May 2011, detailing the Apollo geology training in Iceland in 1965 and 1967. The exhibition was opened 50 years after US president John F. Kennedy first announced the goal of landing a man on the Moon by the end of 1969. Over 50 photographs from the field training are in the museums collection. The museum has already acquired the relevant blueprints from NASA, but is still looking for funding of the project. The spacecraft would be part of the permanent exhibition of the museum which focuses on human exploration from the Viking voyages to space exploration.

In 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo geology field trip to Iceland, the museum organized a return trip to the training area with three Apollo astronauts, Walter Cunningham of Apollo 7, Rusty Schweikart of Apollo 9, and Harrison Schmitt of Apollo 17. On the same occasion, Neil Armstrong’s grandchildren unveiled a monument outside the museum, honoring the astronauts that trained in Iceland. The museum had previously been visited by Apollo 8 astronaut, William Anders, and SkyLab and Space Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott.

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