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This episode begins a mini-series covering movies about space exploration. Our first film in this series is Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney's childhood favourite, October Sky, directed by Joe Johnston in 1999. The film is based on the true story of future NASA scientist Homer Hickam's 1950s high school rocket experiments in a small West Virginian coal mining town. It features Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, and a breakthrough performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. We discuss the film's portrayals of learning, engineering, problem solving, and history. For this discussion, Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney is joined by Executive Editor Orla Smith and Associate Editor Brett Pardy To purchase our newest eBook, visit: For show notes, visit: Follow Seventh Row on Twitter @SeventhRow, on Facebook at, and read our articles at


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