The Japanese Moon probe Kaguya records the Earth as it rises above the lunar north pole. The crater Plaskett was named after Canadian astronomer J.S. Plaskett, who worked at the Dominion Observatory in Ottawa from its construction in 1903, and then at the other Dominion Observatory in Victoria after 1917. The Japanese spacecraft Kaguya is named after Kaguya-hime, the moon maiden of folklore. She has a movie out this year.
The constellation Orion in Abd al-Rahmân al-Sûfî, Suwar al-kawâkib al-thâbita (Book of the Fixed Stars), manuscript Arabe 2489 in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. (Source. Via. Links to other copies.)
This film clip, shot during the separation of two stages of a Saturn rocket, is an astonishing piece of cinema, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Kubrick and Lucas both consciously quoted from it. I can see the flight path of the Pan Am space plane in 2001 about halfway in, and the launch of the escape pod in Star Wars right here at the beginning. The appearance of the Earth at the end of this clip has as much beauty and eventfulness as in 2001.
When was the last time Holywood made a major motion picture about an actual space flight? Apollo 13 (1995)? Last summer the Japanese released Hayabusa, a drama based on the journey of a Japanese unmanned probe to the asteroid Itokawa. Does the male leader look like Ethan Phillips? I think so. Is another actor in the trailer the spitting image of DeForrest Kelly? Yes. There are actually two other Hayabusa films in the works, one of them starring Ken Watanabe. How about an Apollo 11 movie, Hollywood? How about a Soyuz T-15 movie?