Beyond Earth

The Beginning of NewSpace

Space is more than a place. Space is an inspiration. It stimulates our imaginations. It holds infinite possibilities – discoveries of new worlds and new realities that go beyond even our wildest dreams. Those around the world who saw Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon were awed by this amazing step for humankind. The accomplishment of leaving earth and setting foot on another celestial body drew the world together like no event before, or since.

Some see going into Space as the next step in our evolution. Some see it as necessary in order to save the species. Some just want to go on the adventure and make an impact like Christopher Columbus or the Wright Brothers. Still others are gambling their personal wealth to become even wealthier by sending the average man and woman up to the cosmos for the price of a Caribbean cruise.

In the fifty years that governments controlled Space, only a little more than 500 people have actually been there. Now that private industry has entered the space race, it is predicted that within a decade hundreds and possibly thousands of people will take a trip into Space every day. Already thousands have signed up and spaceships carrying the first groups of passengers are expected to take off within the year.

What will be the effect of space travel on us and our planet? According to most experts, it will change everything.

Shot over six years and with unprecedented access, Beyond Earth will take you behind-the-scenes with some of the leading players and show what is in store for us all and why we are at the next great turning point in human history.

Fasten your seat belts, join those who are making it happen, and take a look at the future, as we become a space-faring species.

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produced with the participation of
Canada Media Fund
Quebec Credit Impot
Canada Tax Credit
Bell Fund
Rogers Telefund

directed by
Abbey Jack Neidik

produced by
Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Abbey Jack Neidik
Ina Fichman

written by
Abbey Jack Neidik
Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Daryl Hemingway

Abbey Jack Neidik

Edward Krupa

Martin Nault

Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Daryl Hemingway
Hugh John Murray
Simone Garneau
Misuzu Onuki

archival research
Terri Foxman

production manager
Christine Rocheleau

production coordinator
Ethan Maharaj

production assistants
Toben Neidik
Brigitte Lociero

additional direction
Irene Lilienheim Angelico

additional editing
Howard Goldberg

additional archival research
Robin Snelson
Ernest Hoffman

additional sound
José Garcia-Lozano
Patrick D. Molicki
Monika Lightstone
Daryl Hemingway

additional voices
Abbey Jack Neidik
Ina Fichman
Ethan Maharaj
Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Toben Neidik

colour grading and online
Patrick J. Clune

video post-production
DLI Productions
Digital Cut, Montréal

sound post-production
Studio Harmonie

sound editing
Éric Tessier
Ronny Cabal Martinez

Éric Tessier

original score
Luc St. Pierre

“Space Oddity”
written by David Bowie
published by Onward Music Limited

Revised version recorded by
Commander Chris Hadfield
on board the International Space Station
With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield

Academy of Model Aeronautics
Anousheh Ansari
Christopher Barnatt
Uzi Berko
Bigelow Aerospace, LLC
Bridgeman Images
Chris Hadfield © Canadian Space Agency, 2014
Corinth Films
Alan X Cross
Deep Space Industries
European Space Agency – ESA
Gerard K. O’Neill Estate
Getty Images
Historic Films Archive, LLC
Tony Brown /
Kris Holland/ Mafic Studios, Inc.
Mars One
Nebraska State Historical Society
Space Studies Institute
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScl)
Unreasonable Rocket
Virgin Galactic
WPA Film Library
XCOR Aerospace
X PRIZE Foundation (

Charles LeMoyne – Sassonique Productions

financial institution
National Bank of Canada

Weisbord, Del Gaudio, Iacono

production accounting
Constance Cook
Nathalie Talbot
Nathalie Arel

legal services
Claire Benoit
Lussier Khouzam

Member of Front Row Insurance Brokers

travel services
Voyages GPS

The Producers wish to thank
Melissa Kajpust
Maureen Levitt
Sandy Perkins
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau
Bob Culbert
Hot Docs Forum
Sunnyside of the Doc

Buzz Aldrin
Reda Anderson
Julian Ashley
David Bateman
Michael Belfiore
David Carrison
Leonard and Barbara David
George French II
Scott T. Glaser
Mike Gold
Jeremiah Hayes
Jim Keravala
Glenn King
Chuck Lauer
Shiho Miyazawa
Gerard K. O’Neill
Tasha O’Neill
Julia Ostrowski
Brian Rishikof
Robert Smith
Lee Valentine
Bob Weiss
George Whitesides
Joshua A. Wilkinson
Stuart Witt

Bigelow Aerospace
Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Le Cosmodôme
Deep Space Industries
Holloman Air Force Base
Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mars One
Mars Without Borders
Mojave Air and Space Port
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Aerospace Training and Research Center (NASTAR)
Planetary Resources
Rocketplane Global
Space Studies Institute
Virgin Galactic
XCOR Aerospace
X Prize Foundation

and a special thanks to
all our participants

a production by
DLI Productions

produced in association with
Super Channel
Canal D

director, original production
Sylvie de Bellefeuille

worldwide distribution by
Off the Fence

All Rights Reserved © 2016 Les productions Space Race 2 inc., a subsidiary of DLI Productions Inc.