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JSC Gets Exclusive Advanced Access to The Martian – And You Don't

By Keith Cowing
September 11, 2015
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JSC Gets Exclusive Advanced Access to The Martian – And You Don't

NASA Invites Media to Explore Mars Science Fiction and Fact in Cinema
“Media are invited to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for a fresh perspective on the journey to Mars. Cast members from the soon-to-be-released 20th Century Fox movie “The Martian” will meet with NASA scientists and engineers to see the real technology and spacecraft being developed for future Mars exploration. … Media must be at Johnson to participate. The day will conclude with a full-length screening of “The Martian” at a nearby theater.”
Keith’s note: NASA has been pretty creative when it comes to tie-ins with “The Martian” so as to try and link public interest in the movie with what the agency does. Until now. if you are news media and you live in Houston NASA will give you a briefing and then an advanced screening of “The Martian”. But only if you are in Houston. As for the remaining NASA centers and the other 49 states, if you are media you have to wait until 2 October. Funny thing: in the movie JPL is where all the smart people work. Oddly, for this media briefing, JSC can’t even figure out how to do a webcast on NASA TV or a dial-in – then again that figures into what happens at JSC in movie’s plot too …
Keith’s update: NASA PAO Tells me that there will be other Martian-themed events at other field centers. But only JSC has the advanced screening. Again, the ability to put any of this newsworthy and (one would hope informative) event on NASA TV or on a webcast is either beyond JSC’s capability or (more likely) interest. Why tell people outside of 77058 what you are doing, eh? Again lots of behavior themes from the book happening in real life.
Keith’s additional update: NASA TV added a webcast of part of the event at the last minute ….

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