First Orbit: the translation challenge

Crowdsourcing has come a long way since it first became popular a couple of years ago. While sites like Wikipedia continue to grow, there are many other interesting projects on the interwebs that continue to look for support.

First Orbit, a documentary about Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space, premiered globally on YouTube this year to mark the 50th anniversary of man’s first spaceflight. It attracted over 2 million views in the first 48 hours, then had 1600 public screenings across the world. Director and academic Professor Chris Riley launched a call earlier this month to get the film translated into as many languages as possible, so that it can be more easily accessed. For those who are interested, the English transcript of the entire film is available here to download.

Here’s a bit about what went into making the film:

To mark this historic flight we have teamed up with the astronauts onboard the International Space Station to film a new view of what Yuri would have seen as he travelled around the planet.

Weaving these new views together with historic voice recordings from Yuri’s flight and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, we have created a spellbinding film to share with people around the World on this historic anniversary.

Definitely an interesting challenge for those interested in astronomy – or even otherwise.

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