Stars from some of our most beloved science fiction (SF) TV shows like “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek” are now working with NASA.
NASA shared with us today that June Lockhart, William Shatner and Wil Wheaton are the latest SF icons featured in new public service announcements that highlight how some of the space agency’s outstanding accomplishments in space are used to improve our life on Earth.
Spanning generations of silver screen and television portrayals of humanity’s exploration of space, the accomplished actors talk about how science fiction has become science fact, resulting in new commercial products and services that are tangible 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. This includes 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,” said NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
“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 new videos are the latest in a series of celebrity educational videos aimed at increasing public awareness of the return on investment in space technology while encouraging the next generation
of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, education and mathematics.
See the video accompanying this article to see William Shatner kick off the spinoff series by talking about NASA-developed Medical Innovations.
Click here to view Lockhart, Shatner, Wheaton and other luminaries share their NASA videos.
Additionally, hundreds of examples of NASA spinoff technologies and innovations adapted for use in our everyday lives are available on NASA’s Spinoff website.
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