Beam Me Up: Star Trek Actors To Chat With ISS Crew Via Google+ Hangout
May 15, 2013

Star Trek ‘Into The Darkness’ Actors Beaming Up To ISS For Chat

Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online

NASA is looking to connect with actors who have gone where no man has gone before in the next Star Trek film "Into the Darkness."

The space agency said that director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter and producer Damon Lindelof and actors Chris Pine, Alice Eve and John Cho will be joining NASA as it hosts a Google+ Hangout Thursday, May 16. The Star Trek contributors will be participating in the video conversation with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who currently is living and working aboard the International Space Station (ISS), to talk about how work aboard the orbiting laboratory is turning science fiction into reality.

Cassidy will be providing insights about life aboard the station, along with astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Crew members aboard the ISS conduct experiments every day, as well as perform maintenance during their stay at the outpost. They experience all kinds of challenges that weightlessness has to offer in everyday activities, such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

NASA is inviting people to submit questions for the actors and astronauts to answer during the Google+ Hangout session.

"To be considered, video clips must be no longer than 30 seconds and uploaded to YouTube and tagged with #askNASA," the space agency said. "Submitters should introduce themselves and mention their location before asking their question."

The participants will be asking questions of each other and then take questions from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, and social media followers.

Abrams' "Star Trek Into the Darkness" will be debuting in theaters this weekend, including sneak peak showings on Wednesday. IMAX theaters announced last week that its special Wednesday showing of Into the Darkness has already sold out in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, Houston, San Diego and Minneapolis. Viewers going to see the film in the IMAX experience will have the opportunity to see 30 minutes of footage filmed with the extremely high-resolution IMAX cameras. According to IMAX, these scenes will "deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers."

When the last "Star Trek" movie came out in 2009, astronauts aboard the ISS were able to watch the film while flying 220 miles above Earth. Paramount Pictures transferred the film to Mission Control in Houston so astronauts would be able to watch the film the day before it released.