This Is What It's Like to Be a Space Rocket Launcher in Alaska

In the Gulf of Alaska, idyllic Kodiak Island is famous for its sockeye salmon, king crab, and roaming bison. However, this picturesque location is also home to the Pacific Spaceport Complex, a world-class rocket-launching facility since its opening in 1998. After a failed launch in 2014, the facility was forced to shut down for two years to work on repairs. Despite fears of job loss during the closure, the high-tech, blue-collar team rallied together to launch the next mission. In Spaceport Somewhere, hear from some of the hard-working men who make space exploration possible.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

This Is What It's Like to Be a Space Rocket Launcher in Alaska

In the Gulf of Alaska, idyllic Kodiak Island is famous for its sockeye salmon, king crab, and roaming bison. However, this picturesque location is also home to the Pacific Spaceport Complex, a world-class rocket-launching facility since its opening in 1998. After a failed launch in 2014, the facility was forced to shut down for two years to work on repairs. Despite fears of job loss during the closure, the high-tech, blue-collar team rallied together to launch the next mission. In Spaceport Somewhere, hear from some of the hard-working men who make space exploration possible.

Learn more about the film on Facebook and follow filmmaker Brice Habeger on Vimeo and Instagram.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.