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Marvel working with NASA to send superheroes to accompany our real life space heroes on the ISS

Marvel Entertainment/Marvel Comics recently announced that they were working with NASA to stream the blockbuster movie The Avengers to the International Space Station, allowing our orbiting space heroes, a chance to relax and hang out for a brief time with some of the most impressive superheroes to grace the silver screen in many years. When we heard about this, the coolness factor blew our socks off and caused the fire alarm down the hall to melt.

We know that sending special messages and treats up to our astronauts isn’t by any means a new thing, astronauts have over the years enjoyed video games, Pizza Hut brand pizza flown on a logo’d rocket, and various other specialties as a way to say thank you for all their hard work in advancing the causes of science. But still, when two of our favorite things mesh, it blows us away and just makes us want to high-five those behind the scenes to make something like this happen.

Who knows, maybe NASA can work out a deal with Netflix at some point, I mean the satellite is already up there, shorter trip on the signal don’t you think? (just kidding)

 

In their press release: Marvel Studios announced today that they arranged with NASA to transfer their record-breaking blockbuster film “Marvel’s The Avengers” to NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, which will uplink the film to the International Space Station (ISS), currently orbiting 220 miles above Earth. The film will then be screened for the space station crew’s exclusive enjoyment.

This screening continues Marvel’s collaboration with NASA, which began during principal photography of “Marvel’s The Avengers” when the film shot at the Space Power Facility at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studios’ Co-President and Executive Producer of  “Marvel’s The Avengers,” says, “The studio is privileged to share ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ with those up in space exploring the universe.  A special thanks goes to NASA for utilizing their incredible technology to make this special screening miles above us in space happen.  It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious.”

Films, books, and music offer important aspects of psychological support for astronauts on long-duration missions, such as those on the International Space Station (ISS). “These are the types of things that help to keep the crew connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being away for long periods of time,“ said Dan Cook, Psychological Support Coordinator with Wyle, a contractor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Aside from watching movies and television shows, ISS crew-members have a number of options for their leisure and personal time, such as reading books or magazines, listening to music, and playing musical instruments.

The current space station mission is Expedition 31 and has a six-member crew consisting of 2 NASA Astronauts, 1 European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut, and 3 Russian (RU) Cosmonauts as follows: Don Pettit (NASA), Joe Acaba (NASA), Andre Kuipers (ESA), Oleg Kononenko (RU), Gennady Padalka (RU), Sergei Revin (RU).

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Links:

  • Marvel Press Release
  • ISS NASA Mission Information
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