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Offline sanman

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How will the Entertainment industry participate in the coming new renaissance era of spaceflight?

If the signup list of passengers for a ride on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip One is anything to go by, there are a hugely disproportionate number of entertainers/celebrities on there. Additionally, wealthier individuals like Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté have already flown as space tourists to the ISS.

There seems to be no shortage of entertainers and artists with a desire to go to space and experience it firsthand, and likewise a sizeable number of them may have the financial means to afford even the earlier expensive tickets for spaceflight, to become early customers before the costs drop down for mass-affordability.

But also significantly, much of the entertainment industry is built around mass-viewing spectacle events, which spaceflights themselves are also now rapidly turning into. Given the natural mass-audience appeal of both entertainment and spaceflight events, there should be a natural complementarity between them which could be leveraged for mutual profit.

What types of entertainment events could we see staged from space?

How long before we see a musical band perform from space? (I'm not counting that Vomit Comet flight from OK Go)

What about Reality TV shows, or other serial telecasts - what possibilities might be envisioned for utilizing space for mass viewing audience entertainment?

Also, how long before we see sports events like soccer, baseball, football, etc played on the Moon?

Beyond some of these things, where do the entertainment opportunities lie? What kinds of things could prove popular?
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It isn't just high-falutin ISRU schemes that can make a Mars colony sustainable. Humanity's appetite for mindless entertainment is endless. I see huge economic prospects for:
One-third G cat videos
One-third G porn
Reality shows (Big Brother-style living together houses)
...and if a Mars-based band of smiley teens with fancy hair put together a best-selling album about Love on Mars then they'd earn more than all the ISRU efforts of a hundred years.

Reality is usually more prosaic and laughable than theories...

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 Lunar Basketball would be completely off the charts! Heinlein had a great short story involving people using wings to fly around [slap me I can't remember the name right now}.  8)
 "The Menace From Earth" ! Found it in my trusty old copy of "The Past Through Tomorrow".
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Lunar Basketball would be completely off the charts! Heinlein had a great short story involving people using wings to fly around [slap me I can't remember the name right now}.  8)
 "The Menace From Earth" ! Found it in my trusty old copy of "The Past Through Tomorrow".

New and impossible-to-duplicate-in-Earth-gravity sports.

Things not possible on Earth become possible in reduced gravity, for example, on the Moon:

"a normal swimmer on the Moon could probably launch themselves a full meter out of the water"

"on the Moon, a champion finswimmer could probably launch themselves as high as 4 or 5 meters into the air. In other words, on the Moon, you could conceivably do a high dive in reverse."

"while humans can't run on the surface of water on Earth,[5] they might just barely be able to do so on the Moon."

https://what-if.xkcd.com/124/
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I'm thinking that at a minimum, there will be various filmmakers filming documentaries in space, not unlike how James Cameron made his daring trip into the Marianas Trench:



They may be among the first pioneers to break the ice and get the ball rolling. In their wake will come various celebrity thrillseekers, like the ones who climb Everest.

Perhaps we may even see commercials filmed in space, to promote various products. Spaceships may routinely sport logos of major corporate brands, like racing cars or yachts do.

Injecting more entertainment into spaceflight may also help to make space more friendly and appealing, and less about hazards and risks.

Note that Elon Musk has given special attention to redesigning spacesuits to be more sleek and attractive, rather than the bulky versions we've seen in use for so long. Likewise, Jeff Bezos has from the outset sought to equip his space capsules with larger windows with an eye to providing a better viewing experience.

I'm wondering how long it will be before we have movie dramas or TV dramas being filmed in space, just for authenticity.


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