the lost astronaut

a film by Ben Proudfoot

USA,13 mins.

In another of Ben Proudfoot’s “Almost Famous” film series is this story of Ed Dwight Jr., who, in 1963, was poised to be NASA’s first African-American astronaut. Until suddenly he wasn’t. “I could have been the first black guy in space. … How the hell you get famous for something you didn’t do?” Dwight says, laughing. You will be so happy you have met this delightful, memorable man.

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