"Interstellar": A (Missed) Opportunity for NASA to be Relevant?

INT. FRONT PORCH, FARMHOUSE - NIGHT

COOPER: (sighs) We've forgotten who we are, Donald. Explorers, pioneers. Not caretakers.

Donald nods, thoughtful. Weighs up his words.

DONALD: When I was a kid it felt like they made something new every day. Some gadget or idea. Like every day was Christmas. But six billion people ... just try to imagine that. And every last one of them trying to have it all.

He turns to Cooper.

This world isn't so bad. And Tom'll do just fine - you're the one who doesn't belong. Born forty years too late, or forty years too early. My daughter knew it, God bless her. And your kids know it. 'Specially Murph.

COOPER: We used to look up and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.

DONALD: Cooper, you were good at something and you never got a chance to do anything with it. I'm sorry. But that's not your kids' fault.

Cooper looks up at the stars above.

Keith's note: What will NASA do in terms of public outreach when "Interstellar" is released? They dropped the ball when it came to "Avatar" and the producers of "Gravity" never bothered to seek out NASA's help. This film is expected to touch deeply upon themes that point to the core of what NASA does - and will do so in a manner that leaps beyond the usual preaching to the choir that NASA does inside its own self-reinforcing echo chamber.

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