November 28, 2012
Sci-Fi Celebrities Appear In NASA Public Service Announcements
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
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A group of science fiction entertainment icons are featured in a new public service announcement by NASA.
June Lockhart, William Shatner and Wil Wheaton all make an appearance in the latest public service announcements.
The announcements highlight how NASA's expeditions out in space have had an influence on improving our daily lives here on Earth.
The actors talk about how science fiction has become science fact, resulting in new commercial products and services that bring in returns on investments in space technology.
"Much of the technology we rely on daily was developed by NASA for space exploration and then adapted or enhanced for use here on Earth," the space agency wrote in a statement.
NASA said the improvements to life on Earth include many technologies used in schools, homes, cars, computers and American industry.
"It's an honor to have such talented space entertainment legends donate their time to voice support for the spinoff benefits NASA brings to the nation and the world," NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in a statement. "As we turn science fiction concepts into real technologies for use in NASA missions, we're constantly creating 'spinoffs' -- commercialized products and services that have practical, down-to-Earth applications of immediate benefit to the public."
The videos are the latest in a series of celebrity educational videos aimed at increasing public awareness of the return on investment in space technology. According to the space agency, the videos also encourage the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, education and mathematics.