A Baltimore restaurant owner hears a crazy story about three amateur scientists who built a rocket in his garage back in 1928, and dreamed of flying to Venus.
Geoff and his life-long friend Buck follow a rocket builder's century-old trail in search of a long-lost rocket, while unraveling the mysterious tale of Baltimore's brush with the space race - decades before it began.
Geoff Danek, a Hampden, Baltimore restaurant owner, buys a house closer to his work… When a friend shows him an article about three guys who supposedly built a rocket to Venus in his garage, he talks his childhood buddy and business partner Brian “Buck” Carey into helping him find out more about these amateur scientists.
Rocket To Venus follows Geoff and Buck on a cross-county road trip retracing the steps of Robert Condit, the “mathematical genius” who, with the help of brothers Harry and Sterling Uhler, built a rocket in Geoff’s small garage nearly a century ago.
From Baltimore to Miami and points beyond, they’re tracking down family, friends, or anyone else who can get them closer to finding the rocket – and closer to discovering who Robert Condit was – a rocket builder who believed he could blast himself into space and onto Venus. It’s a trail of rocket fuel and money, in search of a spaceship, and ultimately unravel this head-scratching, science-defying mystery.
Outrageous friends uncovering an outrageous story about three amateur scientists who built an outrageous spacecraft 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 any perceived limitations…
And to test the veracity of the story, Geoff and Buck build a replica rocket using the original designs from 1928. They’ll bring in a real-life rocket scientist, just so we don’t blow up the neighborhood… And, as a way to inspire budding astrophysicists, they’d love to make this build part of an extra-curriculum STEM program. Watch out Baltimore, history is about to 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.
As H.G. Wells once said, “Human history in essence, is the history of ideas.”
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.