Without exploration any nation will eventually stagnate and pass into oblivion. Even on a personal level, this remains true. All of us must keep our sight set to the road ahead, while still understanding what came before.

Mach 25 Media has developed several programs designed to excite people about the past, present, and future of exploration. These programs have been presented for school children, corporate audiences, and at science centers in various parts of the country, as well as overseas. Below are some of the programs available. If interested in seeing one of these presentations, please contact Mach 25 Media.

The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings Into Space

Based on the book of the same name written by Michelle Evans.

The X-15 is widely regarded as the most successful research aircraft ever built. It was first flown in June 1959 by North American Aviation test pilot Scott Crossfield. Over the next nine years a total of 199 flights were made, many to the edge of space and beyond. Twelve test pilots flew during the program from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy. These pilots included greats such as Milt Thompson, Bob White, and Robert Rushworth, as well as the person who would go on to become the first human to land on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.

The X-15 flew higher and faster than any manned aircraft, setting speed and altitude records that stood for more than 40 years.

2001: Odyssey to the Future

Widely regarded as the best motion picture ever produced, this collaboration between the brilliant director Stanley Kubrick and the visionary science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke created a work of art that, for the first time ever, truly gave the audience a feeling for what it might be like to travel in space. The majestic scenery and awesome vistas to be explored were only the beginning to this fantastic journey that takes us to the very meaning of life itself and our place in the universe.

Even though the year itself has passed, the movie remains timeless. This program shows the behind-the-scenes work needed to pull off such a huge production in a time when bug-eyed monsters were still the signature of science fiction. It also delves into the connections and parallels between science fact and fiction. Generations of scientists and engineers were inspired by Verne, Wells, Roddenberry, Clarke, and Kubrick. Their visions helped to shape the reality we are now in and are still working toward. We may still not have an orbiting Hilton Space Station and shuttle to the Moon for average paying passengers, but because of this movie, these things will probably happen within our lifetimes.

Continuing the Journey: Return to the Moon and Onward to Mars

Not since President Kennedy set America's course for the Moon in 1961, has the space program of this country had a proper set of clear goals on which to build. The basic truth of society is that when exploration stops — when there is no new horizon to beckon — that society fails, and ultimately dies.

We have many excting places to explore which are relatively close by within our solar system. Primary of which is the Moon, then outward to Mars. It is also conceivable to see human exploration of many other places such as the asteroids, the moons of Mars, and possibly even the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, such as Europa and Titan. Robot emissaries are necessary for reconnaisance, but ultimately human beings must go there as we will never be satisfied with only looking at photos and data.

Students are highly motivated to go into math and science when they see the benefit and reality of space exploration. We must find a way to reinvigorate that exploration within society, and provide those goals for students. The children of today may become the ones who are the first to put humans on Mars. They could become that person themselves with the right motivation and direction. This program explores those possibilities.

Apollo to the Moon

Since the dawn of recorded history, humanity has looked upward and gazed at the heavens. Our closest celestial neighbor is our own Moon. Whenever someone said that they would like to go there, it was always regarded as a flight of fantasy.

Then the unthinkable happened: It became possible to actually make these dreams of flight to another world a reality. In an unbelievably short time, just over eight years, our nation committed to the goal of sending people to the Moon. Amazingly, it was not just to go there and return, but also to conduct scientific research and experiments which have unlocked the doors to discovering our own past. Contrary to many naysayers, America did put twelve remarkable men onto the lunar surface between July 1969 and December 1972. This is their story.

Making Tracks: Stories From Mars

Mars has always fascinated humanity. Authors like Ray Bradbury and Edgar Rice Burroughs took us there in fanciful tales with little basis in fact. H.G. Wells wrote of a Martian invasion over a hundred years ago that started a frenzy that has yet to abate. When another Wells (Orson, this time) took to the airwaves, he created a panic never before seen when he invaded Grover's Mill, New Jersey with only a script and a microphone.

Today, we are the ones doing the invading. Mars is in the midst of an onslaught that will eventually lead to our bootprints being placed there for real in the coming decade or two. Until that moment, we send our robotic emissaries to do our work, snapping photos, grinding rock, and traversing to see what is over the next hill.

When we first flew by Mars, we saw nothing but craters. Today we see giant rift valleys and a volcano the size of New Mexico. There are sand dunes and giant cliffs of ice. Most tantalizing is that there is even signs of past (and possibly even present) life on the Red Planet. Join us as we share the stories of those who have taken us to Mars and where they expect us to go next.

Ringworld Odyssey: Adventures of Cassini

In 1997, the Cassini spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a seven year voyage to achieve orbit around Saturn, the most magnificent planet in our solar system. Once there it immediately started to explore the rings, moons, and atmosphere of Saturn. Less than six months after arrival, Cassini deployed a companion spacecraft, the European-built Huygens probe. This probe was nestled in a disc-shaped shell for entry into the atmosphere of one of the most enigmatic pieces of real estate in our solar system: Titan.

Each day, new discoveries are sent to Earth, revealing more and more about this giant planet with 1,000 mph winds, and moons that defy description. Piercing the veil of Titan has revealed what looks to be river channels that may run down into methane oceans. A crazy moon, Iapetus, is black on one side and white on the other. Enceledus may harbor a subsurface ocean, like that found on Jupiter's moon Europa. And the journey of discovery is only beginning.