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WE MADE OUR STRETCH GOAL!

With just a few minutes remaining we reached our stretch goal! Your  messages and support has been amazing. We're so grateful.

We're excited to add a special, signed commemorative launch print to all shipments. 

Come with us to the forefront of space exploration...

...to rocket launchpads, to intimate interviews with astronauts, scientists and to transformative experiences designed by inspired artists. 

Join us every step of the way as we document through a stunning short film, an augmented reality book... and take the emotion and story of space directly to communities across the U.S. in our touring show.

Physical rewards begin to ship next month and act as a constantly-updating virtual portal while design, filming and post-production finish.

We're so honored to be featured by Kickstarter as a "Projects We Love". 

Read our coverage in Wired, Inverse, Inverse(2)BoingBoing, Digital Trends, and NPR's "Are We There Yet?" Podcast. 

We place autonomous ultra-high speed video cameras at the launchpads of SpaceX, NASA, and ULA. These are cameras we position well ahead of the liftoff, design to survive the elements and, since no humans can be anywhere near the rockets, trigger without any interaction. The results are stunning.

Close to our hearts are the intimate interviews with astronauts, scientists, and the people sending missions to space; as well as artists, musicians and philosophers who are inspired by these events.    

The art and the pages in this book come to life immediately teleporting you to rocket launch pads and directly to our intimate interviews with astronauts. We fuse art with science blending our love of photography with compelling video to capture the emotion, excitement, and gravity of these events.

Hardcover. Foil stamped. Rich in video-enhanced photography.

Augmented reality enhanced book mockup
Augmented reality enhanced book mockup
Rewards include four mission art cards: SpaceX Falcon Heavy, ULA Delta IV, SpaceX Falcon 9, Orbital twilight events
Rewards include four mission art cards: SpaceX Falcon Heavy, ULA Delta IV, SpaceX Falcon 9, Orbital twilight events
The book and art come to life using augmented reality with a simple and free iOS or Android app (actual demo)
The book and art come to life using augmented reality with a simple and free iOS or Android app (actual demo)
"Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts", augmented reality book mock-up
"Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts", augmented reality book mock-up

We've already begun touring the live show—traveling in our mobile observatory, speaking to communities throughout the United States, reaching groups far from where these events take place.

First premiered at NASA Kennedy Space Center, these talks combine our personal journey, interviews, and compelling visuals into an exciting and inspirational presentation. 

Guidance Internal first premiered at Yuri's Night NASA Kennedy Space Center on April 13th 2019
Guidance Internal first premiered at Yuri's Night NASA Kennedy Space Center on April 13th 2019

We love taking you along with us as we travel together full-time in an off-the-grid personal version of Carl Sagan's Ship of the Imagination.

Voyager 3 (our version of Carl Sagan's Ship of the Imagination) at the SETI Allen telescope array
Voyager 3 (our version of Carl Sagan's Ship of the Imagination) at the SETI Allen telescope array

We are two humans (and a pup) building a movement.

The traveling crew: Pup Tuck, Ryan Chylinski, and MaryLiz Bender
The traveling crew: Pup Tuck, Ryan Chylinski, and MaryLiz Bender


Ryan and MaryLiz at NASA Kennedy Space Center
Ryan and MaryLiz at NASA Kennedy Space Center

MaryLiz Bender is a space artist and live show producer who brings together communities of artists, scientists, and philosophers to tell powerful stories and create transformative experiences. She spent several years as a touring musician, learning how impactful it is to meet communities where they are. This inspired her to take the Cosmic Perspective on tour, building a network of people along the way that work to elevate empathy in their own communities. In 2017, she sold her house, her possessions and hit the road full-time in her mobile observatory. 

Persevering through poverty, addiction, and depression, she knows the importance in pursuing meaningful work, linking positive people together, and the life transformations that can result from focused inner-work. Cosmic Perspective is her mission to help others pursue a meaningful life.

MaryLiz interviewing Michelle Thaller at the NASA ICESAT-2 launch
MaryLiz interviewing Michelle Thaller at the NASA ICESAT-2 launch

Ryan Chylinski is a cinematographer who has spent the past several years working with altered perception photography to tell stories like they’ve never been told before. His mission documenting rocket launches, and the science and people behind them, has been featured on the cover of magazines, news sites, and premiered on networks including the Discovery Channel and A24 studios.  

SpaceX Falcon Heavy photograph featured on the cover of Ad Astra magazine
SpaceX Falcon Heavy photograph featured on the cover of Ad Astra magazine

We filmed exclusively for A24 and Supercluster during the Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A launch. 

Timelapse Photography, his best-selling book, has sold over 14,000 copies worldwide and forms the framework for a larger educational platform inspiring creatives, both amateur and pro alike, to explore realms beyond the human eye and tell stories in new and dynamic ways.

Ryan placing solar powered high-speed video cameras at Vandenberg Air Force Base
Ryan placing solar powered high-speed video cameras at Vandenberg Air Force Base

We also bring 360 cameras with us to the pads and have developed a physical "robotic finger" to get around the fact that some systems simply are not designed to be triggered via software. Look for more 360 and VR experiences going live during the campaign.  

During the SpaceX CRS-15 launch Erik Kuna, Tom Cross and Ryan Chylinski executed a planned Sony, Canon, and Nikon shot capturing an orbital sunrise event with Tesla Models S, 3, X arrayed in the foreground. See one of the final images below and watch the extended length collaboration discussion to learn exactly how they pulled it off.

The results were stunning.

All funds raised directly support the production, editing and travel costs required for Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts, including the augmented reality physical print/digital book, short film, and traveling show/talks. 

Your support will allow us to dedicate the next year to completing our research on empathy-elevating experiences, conducting additional interviews with astronauts, artists, scientists, and related professionals through the lens of our grand adventure to space. 

Thank you so much for your support! We're thrilled to offer several creative physical rewards and are so excited to offer two very unique in-person experiences with artists excited to be part of this mission.

Receive five beautifully printed augmented-reality-enabled art cards featuring photography from four of our favorite space missions. Perfect for mailing as a postcard or displaying at home, these exceptionally thick, raven black seamed cards come with a free iOS and Android app that brings the depicted missions to life through our personal cameras. Check out the video below:  

The first card will be your portal that transports you to the launchpads, our interviews, and our personal updates on the latest ideas we're working on as we create the book and take the show on tour. This video is updated regularly.

In addition, you will receive four of our favorite space missions featuring our beautiful rocket launch photography. These cards give you a window into the mission and the science behind it, to the moment of liftoff and right next to the people who send missions to space.

Includes all four mission art cards: SpaceX Falcon Heavy, ULA Delta IV, SpaceX Falcon 9, Orbital twilight events
Includes all four mission art cards: SpaceX Falcon Heavy, ULA Delta IV, SpaceX Falcon 9, Orbital twilight events

Receive a visually-stunning, hardcover augmented reality book, Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts and join us at an online premiere of the companion featurette. The pages in this book come alive with augmented reality technology using a free app, available on all iOS and Android devices.

If you choose, we'll include your name or dedication in the book and featurette credits.

Receive a special, signed print edition of Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts and join us at an online premiere of the companion featurette. The limited edition books will be numbered and signed by authors Ryan Chylinski and MaryLiz Bender. If you choose, we'll include your name or dedication in the book and featurette credits. 

Special signed editions of Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts
Special signed editions of Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts

Become an associate producer of the book and featurette and we'll include your name or dedication as a prominent patron of this project. Your help is so very appreciated. 

Receive everything above, including a special, signed copy of the visually-stunning augmented reality book, Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts.

Become a full co-producer of the book and featurette and we'll include your name or dedication as a prominent patron of this project. Your help is so very appreciated. 

Receive everything above, including a special, signed copy of the visually-stunning augmented reality book, Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts.

Rocket Launch Party: $1,042 or more

Where: Cape Canaveral, FL

When: Winter/Spring of 2020

Give at the Co-Producer level to become a crucial supporter of this project—AND join us at  for a rocket launch viewing party at Jetty Park (one of the best public-viewing sites in Florida). Bring your friends and family! We'll enjoy a BBQ, talk rockets, camera gear, and space... we'll watch the sun set on the beach and catch a rocket as it blazes through the sky and rumbles your chest. To capture this momentous occasion, we'll snap a group photo to be included in the final edition of the book! 

We're targeting Winter/Spring of 2020 and we'll coordinate plans by communicating directly with those that give at this level.


Intimate star party with musician Jim James at Mount Wilson: $1,050 or more

Where: Los Angeles, CA

When: April 23, 2020 

You'll receive all physical rewards, plus a truly unique, intimate star party experience inside the 100" telescope room at Mount Wilson—on a mountain, overlooking the city of Los Angeles, California.

The night will begin with an acoustic performance by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, a storytelling session with a legendary astronaut (to be announced!), and a discussion about the Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts project by authors and filmmakers, Ryan and MaryLiz. 

After a meet and greet, Mount Wilson telescope operators will guide our star party, showing off the night sky through the same telescope that Edwin Hubble used to make his greatest discovery—the expansion of our universe.

*Travel expenses and lodging not provided

Receive all of the physical rewards, plus an optional a ticket to the Mount Wilson Experience. Plus, we'll include your name or dedication as a very special Executive Producer in the book and featurette credits, if you choose. 

We are so very grateful for your support.

*Travel expenses and lodging not provided

At this level, we'll bring the Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts presentation to your gathering or organization. This immersive, in-person event will take place at the venue of your choosing. Contact us for details

We are unfathomably grateful for your support.

We hadn't met yet, but in 2017, we both sold everything—our homes and possessions—and we took to the road full-time to research a phenomenon. The research tugged us both to NASA Kennedy Space Center where we met just after a rocket launch. We fell madly in love and began our journey together.

While traveling together full-time for the last year, we've shared moments of awe that have changed our lives and shaped who we are today. We can't help but share them with the world.

Voyager 3 (our version of Carl Sagan's Ship of the Imagination) at the Very Large Array (VLA)
Voyager 3 (our version of Carl Sagan's Ship of the Imagination) at the Very Large Array (VLA)
MaryLiz interviewing Dane Drefke of ULA at the ICESAT-2 launch
MaryLiz interviewing Dane Drefke of ULA at the ICESAT-2 launch

Does a slinky have knowledge?  

Risks and challenges

There are challenges with the production of an extensive physical/digital book as well as the companion documentary featurette.

Our multi-disciplinary experience, extensive network of artists and scientists, current body of work (both written and visual), and our long-term travel experience (now 1.5+ years full-time on the road), combine to reduce these risks.

What you see in the video are fully functional and actual augmented reality experiences leveraging existing partner applications. The augmented reality app for use with Guidance Internal and our Art print cards is available today for iOS and Android.

Having successfully authored a best-selling book on Timelapse photography (print, PDF digital, and Kindle), we believe we can minimize the challenges related to the design, printing and distribution of a physical/digital book.

There are always challenges when planning live events, but we are planning far in advance. Collaborations are currently underway with (dear friends) Jim James, Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra.

We pledge open transparency and regular progress updates to ensure you remain informed every step of the way. We have chosen to make this project our mission and we are dedicated to creating a meaningful and lasting product that we are proud of.

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    Check out the video demo in the description!

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    Receive a visually-stunning, hardcover augmented reality book, "Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts" and join us at an online premiere of the companion documentary film. The pages in this book come alive with AR technology using a free app, available on all iOS and Android devices.

    If you choose, we'll include your name or dedication in the book and film credits.

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    Augmented Reality Falcon Heavy all-over-print T-shirt. Shirt sizes will be collected via a survey at the end of the campaign.

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    Signed, limited collector’s edition book

    Receive a signed, limited, collector's edition of the augmented reality hardcover book "Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts" and join us at the online premiere of the companion documentary film. The limited edition books will be numbered and signed by Ryan and MaryLiz. If you choose, we'll include your name or dedication in the book and film credits.

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    Become a crucial supporter of this project with special associate producer credits in the documentary film and augmented reality book.

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    We want to share your story in our book! Tell us about a rocket launch experience you witnessed and submit your photo. We'll share it in the book, "Guidance Internal: Lessons From Astronauts"!

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    • Associate producer credit in the book and film (optional)
    • Signed, limited collector's edition of the AR hardcover book
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    Jim James concert at Mount Wilson

    You'll enjoy a truly unique, very intimate experience inside the 100" telescope room at Mount Wilson.

    The night will begin with an acoustic performance by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, a storytelling session with a legendary astronaut (to be announced!), and a discussion about the "Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts" project by authors and filmmakers, Ryan and MaryLiz.

    After a meet and greet, Mount Wilson telescope operators will guide our star party, showing off the night sky through the same telescope that Edwin Hubble used to make his greatest discovery—the expansion of our universe.

    When: April 23, 2020

    * Travel expenses and lodging not included

    Includes:
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    • Signed, limited collector's edition of the AR hardcover book
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    Co-producer + rocket launch!

    Become a crucial supporter of this project with special co-producer credits in the documentary film and augmented reality book. We also invite you to bring your friends and family to a rocket launch viewing party at Jetty Park (one of the best public-viewing sites in Florida)! We'll enjoy BBQ, talk rockets, camera gear, and space... watch the sunset and catch a rocket as it blazes through the sky and rumbles your chest. To capture this momentous occasion, we'll snap a group photo to be included in the final edition of the book! Targeting late Fall/Winter 2019.

    * Travel and lodging not included.

    Includes:
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    • Rocket launch viewing party and meet and greet
    • Signed, limited collector's edition of the AR hardcover book
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    • Documentary film
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    Executive producer

    As executive producer, you are a partner in this project catapulting us 10% of the way to our goal. Thank you.

    Get a ticket to the Mount Wilson experience, plus the option to have your name or dedication included in the book, film, and touring show credits.

    * Travel expenses and lodging not included

    Includes:
    • Executive producer credit in the book/film/live show (optional)
    • 1 ticket to Jim James concert at Mount Wilson Observatory
    • Rocket launch viewing party and meet and greet
    • Signed, limited collector's edition of the AR hardcover book
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    Organizational sponsor/partner

    At this level, you'll receive all physical rewards, plus if you choose we'll bring the "Guidance Internal" presentation to your gathering or organization. Authors and speakers, Ryan Chylinski and MaryLiz Bender, will lead this unique, exciting, motivational experience for your audience, which can take place at the venue of your choice any time beginning this Fall and extended throughout 2020. Marketing Sponsorships also available. Contact us for details.

    We are unfathomably grateful for your support!

    * Travel and lodging not included if the presentation is requested outside of the United States

    Includes:
    • The Guidance Internal presentation at the venue of your choosing
    • Executive producer credit in the book/film/live show (optional)
    • Signed, limited collector's edition of the AR hardcover book
    • Digital book
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Funding period

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