MAKING MOVIES IN SPACE

NASA Working with Actor Tom Cruise

Source:  NASA view from ISS


International Space Station & a Big Star
This is innovative film making at its best.  NASA is working with actor
Tom Cruise to shoot a movie in space.  Specifically, NASA has just
disclosed that it will fly Tom Cruise to the International Space Station (ISS).
Cruise will stay aboard and shoot a movie there.  And NASA Director Jim
Bridenstine says this isn't science fiction.  It's going to happen! Apparently,
Tom Cruise is about to become an astronaut.

ISS
The ISS is a multibillion science lab that orbits 250 miles above the Earth. 
Rotating crews of astronauts have been onboard since 2000.  The US and
Russia are the primary operators.  According to Director Bridenstine, 
NASA's top priority is to find new forms of life in space.  He is
putting billions of dollars of new technology, missions and
telescopes behind the effort in the 2020's.  It will be interesting
to see if the Cruise movie plays into the UFO and ET themes.

First Movie Shot in Outer Space
Cruise's movie will be action adventure aboard the ISS.  It will have the 
distinction of being the first Hollywood movie shot in outer space.
It isn't clear when Cruise and his crew will be launched.  But in a tweet,
Bridenstine said NASA needs popular media to inspire a new generation
of scientists and engineers to help make NASA's "ambitious plans a reality."
The Cruise movie has the potential to be a blockbuster that could be
of great benefit to NASA.

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