Elton John’s story of an astronaut as a nine-to-five employee signified the turning of a page in the story of spacemen. As the 1960s became the 1970s, the American conception of the space program changed. No longer novel but still vitally important to the advancement of diplomacy and science, space exploration transitioned from a wild adventure to the latest effort undertaken by the scientific and political community. Still, the fascination with the astronaut as a lone figure among the expanse of celestial bodies remained, in John’s song “Rocket Man” and in this vintage-styled rocket traveling upwards among the formations of space. Orli says, “I loved the idea of having the rocket soar through all these space rings; I think mankind is always soaring to new discoveries, just like this rocket soaring upwards into the unknown.”
On September 12, 1962 at Rice University, President John F. Kennedy delivered what would become a historic speech. He explained that the United States could not “expect to stay behind in the race for space.” As a result, he stated that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade” and that the United States would “do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out.” The Sixties and the Space Race were a spirited time in world history, when nations rallied behind great expectations and accomplishments. Neil Armstrong took mankind’s first steps on the moon’s surface within that decade, which began a continuing fascination with the universe’s ethereal beauty and scientific possibilities. Interstellar is a remembrance of the origins of space exploration in the 1960s and its evolution through the decades since as technology has become more advanced and mankind more curious about the deeper regions and mysterious phenomena awaiting discovery.