Here is a film recommendation: Space Tourists, a documentation by Christian Frei ran on Phoenix tonight.
Space Tourists follows multi-millionaire and X-Prize sponsor Anousheh Ansari on her 2006 journey to the ISS and Charles Simonyi through his training in preparation for his flight. You get a really interesting view of the ISS and the Russian space program which feels like it’s stuck somewhere in the 70s.
But it gets really interesting when Frei contrasts the super-rich and high-tech with scrap metal chasers that find and tear apart the Sojus boosters falling back on the grass plains of Kazakhstan, farmers in the Altai mountains that make tools out of rocket scrap metal. We also see a failed attempt of the Romanian ARCA team to launch a rocket in to the stratosphere, which is an entirely different thing than the Sojus technology. (Good news is, in October 2010 they launched their rocket successfully.) These not-so high-tech touchpoints of people with space are really the new and interesting thing.
I wholly recommend watching it. I stumbled across it while zapping and was riveted.
The official movie site is here.