Columnist Leonard David

'Shoot For the Moon': This Short Film Longs for Space Exploration

"Shoot For the Moon" is a short film depicting a homeless astronaut as he sets out for the moon – armed with nothing more than a travel case, some bottle rockets, but carrying a cargo of ambition.

At the close of the 5-minute film, these words resonate: "If we choose to support the explorers, the innovators, the dreamers, we might find the stars closer than we think."

The short film about space exploration comes from Shut Up Infinity that produces narrative-driven British comedy “with a focus on the absurd, science, the universe and the farce that is human existence,” according to their website.

The director and writer of "Shoot For the Moon" is Chris Wickett, based in London. He taps the talent of Gemma Hurley as a writer and producer. Andrew Rodger is the director of photography.

An astronaut appears in the short film, "Shoot for the Moon." (Image credit: Shut Up Infinity)

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Leonard David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. He is former director of research for the National Commission on Space and is co-author of Buzz Aldrin's 2013 book "Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration," published by National Geographic, with a new updated paperback version to be released next year. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on

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Leonard David
Space Insider Columnist

Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. Currently writing as's Space Insider Columnist among his other projects, Leonard has authored numerous books on space exploration, Mars missions and more, with his latest being "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published in 2019 by National Geographic. He also wrote "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet" released in 2016 by National Geographic. Leonard  has served as a correspondent for SpaceNews, Scientific American and Aerospace America for the AIAA. He has received many awards, including the first Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History in 2015 at the AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. You can find out Leonard's latest project at his website and on Twitter.