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According to Tom Hanks, it is likely that within the next “three to four years”, the United States will see the first woman and non-white man set foot on the moon.
The 67-year-old American actor, who has won an Oscar, recently recounted a story titled “The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks” at the Lightroom in London. The story is about missions to the moon.
Before the launch, Hanks informed the PA news agency: “At some point in the next three to four years, the first woman and the first non-white American male will set foot on the moon. This will be a momentous and progressive step for humanity, just as Neil Armstrong’s landing was in 1960.”
Alongside co-author Christopher Riley, an award-winning writer and director, Hanks vividly portrays the Apollo missions by incorporating footage from NASA and photographs from Andy Saunders’ book, Apollo Remastered.
Riley stated that during Hanks’ career, he has made efforts to advocate for human spaceflight and space exploration as a highly beneficial and impactful pursuit.
He added, “This period in human history, both 50 years ago and now, truly showcases the best of humanity. It is a shining light in a time of darkness.”
“This is a positive news story, which was my optimistic interpretation of it.”
Hanks remembered witnessing rocks collected by esteemed astronauts Armstrong and David Scott at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas. These rocks serve as proof of the presence of water on the moon.
According to Hanks, the presence of physical proof of water on the roof could mean that there was actual water on the moon. This discovery would have significant implications for humanity, as it would be a major breakthrough.
He added that people are drawn to it due to our inherent inclination towards curiosity.
Hanks, who is 67 years old, stated, “It is remarkable, in our opinion, that we grew up during the time when humanity evolved into a species with the ability to explore space. And now, we are actually able to go to space.”
“While it may seem ordinary, the vast unknown of space holds countless enigmas and riches waiting to be discovered. It will undoubtedly be a fascinating puzzle for generations to unravel.”
The production was collaboratively led by Nick Corrigan and Lysander Ashton from 59 Productions, and showcases a unique symphonic soundtrack composed by Canadian artist Anne Nikitin.
Tom Hanks has previously portrayed astronaut Captain Jim Lovell in the film Apollo 13. He has also held a position on the board of governors for the National Space Society and has received recognition from the Space Foundation.
In addition, he created the HBO miniseries “From The Earth To The Moon” and collaborated on the Imax film “Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3D.”
On Wednesday, “The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks” will debut at the Lightroom in King’s Cross, London.