Wyoming Museum of Science and History | Ellie's Birthday
The scene culminates with Ellie putting on a space helmet, climbing into the capsule, and listening to a recording of a shuttle launch. As the camera lingers on her face and the world around her transforms, the power of imagination takes hold of her. For this brief moment, there are no clickers, no warring factions, and no questions regarding whether or not Joel was telling the truth back in Salt Lake City. There’s only the infinite wonder of space. When she figuratively comes back to Earth and Joel quietly says, “Happy birthday, kiddo,” it’s an absolute gut-punch back to reality.
Material: Metal Zinc Alloy