NASA Space Station to See The Avengers

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Thu, 06/14/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Marvel Studios has arranged with NASA to transfer their record-breaking film The Avengers to NASA’s Mission Control in Houston which will uplink the film to the International Space Station 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 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. “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 crewmembers 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 two NASA Astronauts one European Space Agency Astronaut and three Russia Cosmonauts as follows: Don Pettit (NASA) Joe Acaba (NASA) Andre Kuipers (ESA) Oleg Kononenko (RU) Gennady Padalka (RU) Sergei Revin (RU).