Cultural archaeologist Martin McGee help us celebrate Palm Springs Modernism Week here at the Library by introducing this underappreciated Space Age Era classic. Three astronauts face a desperate situation in this spellbinding science fiction cliffhanger. After completely a daring mission in space, the three-man spaceship Ironman One orbits Earth preparing for re-entry. But a retro-rocket misfires, and the crew commander Jim Pruett (Richard Crenna), scientist/astronaut Clayton Stone (James Franciscus) and pilot Buzz Lloyd (Gene Hackman) are marooned in space. Back on Earth, Charles Keith (Gregory Peck), chief of the manned space program, and senior astronaut Ted Dougherty (David Janssen) plan an incredible rescue – while the whole world anxiously awaits. Rated G. Following the film, you can continue to be amazed and inspired by space. Take a free tour of the Observatory and then return for McGee's lecture at 2 pm: Space Age Culture and Design 1957-1972.
Event Type(s): Film