Cath Le Couteur, UK/CL, 2017, 11'
On March 17th, 1958, the first solar-powered satellite, Vanguard I, was launched into space. At that time, space junk did not exist. Now, over one hundred million pieces of humanmade space junk orbit the earth. ADRIFT follows the story of astronaut Piers Sellers who accidentally dropped his spatula in space in 2006 – a deadly piece of space junk, travelling at 17,000 miles per second. The film travels to the remote observatories in the Chilean desert, shifts to the current threatening skies inhabited by the International Space Station and follows the impending crash of a rocket on its way back to earth.