The Lost Astronaut
Directed by Ben Proudfoot | 13 min
He was poised to be NASA’s first Black astronaut. Until suddenly he wasn’t.
For February's Spotlight short film, we're honoring the start of Black History Month, which pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who faced adversity to achieve full citizenship. In The Lost Astronaut, Ed Dwight Jr. tells his story about how he came close to making history, and how he learned to find meaning in memorial.
This film is part of Almost Famous, a special Op-Docs series of short films directed by Ben Proudfoot featuring people who nearly made history—only to fall short. The Lost Astronaut screened at Pittsburgh Shorts in 2020.
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