Welcome to Rocket to Venus The Film

About the Film



Geoff Danek, a Baltimore restaurant owner, buys a house to get closer to  his work… When a friend shows him an article about three guys who  supposedly built a rocket to Venus in his Hampden garage, he talks his  childhood buddy and business partner Brian "Buck" Carey into helping him  find out more about these amateur scientists.

Verité cameras follow Geoff and Buck as they launch into a cross-county  road trip tracking down family and friends of the nascent rocket  builders - Sterling Uhler, his brother Harry, and a Polytechnic  Institute grad and "mathematical wizard" named Robert Condit - as they  unravel a head-scratching, science-defying mystery a century in the  making.

Rocket to Venus follows two outrageous friends uncovering an outrageous  story about three amateur scientists who built an outrageous space-craft  aimed toward an outrageous destination!

But beneath all this outrageousness is an internal spirit of a time  in history when anything was possible.  A time when people weren't  inhibited by their perceived limitations...

And to test the story's veracity, Geoff and Buck plan to build a  replica rocket using the original designs from 1928… Following in the  footsteps of those amateur scientists, history just might repeat itself  in Hampden.

By telling this story from Baltimore's eclectic history, we hope to  open the intersection of science and community. Rocket To Venus is a  window into Baltimore's past, telling a story of men pushing past their  limits and testing the impossible. At the core is a story of friendship  and perseverance. A reach for the stars, anything's possible, can-do  spirit that lies within us all.

Baltimore is a "build it" town. Dream it and do it. It's a spirit that's  embodied the people here for centuries. We aim to harness that spirit  and enthusiasm of dreaming big and building something even bigger. Our  mission is to bring this story to the world. Along the way, we hope to  inspire young people in Baltimore (and beyond) to follow their interests  and scientific curiosity. We pledge to personally match a portion of  the film's proceeds to send Baltimore City public school children to a  STEM-based retreat, or perhaps even space camp, so they too can reach  for the stars. The more we raise, the more kids we can reach with this  unique opportunity.

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Rocket to Venus The Film