18/05/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
NASA astronaut's Michael Barratt will, SFcrowsnest is told, now have have the opportunity to watch the new Star Trek film aboard the International Space Station. Now that's a hard core Trekkie.
In a bit of legal file sdharing, Paramount transferred the new Star Trek movie to NASA's Mission Control in Houston, which then uplinked the film to the space station. Barratt plans to watch the film on a laptop computer inside the Unity module.
Barratt said, "I remember watching the original Star Trek series and, like many of my NASA coworkers, was inspired by the idea of people from all nations coming together to explore space. Star Trek blended adventure, discovery, intelligence and story telling that assumes a positive future for humanity. The International Space Station is a real step in that direction, with many nations sharing in an adventure the world can be proud of."
Apparently, rormer station astronaut Greg Chamitoff and his crewmates viewed the entire Star Trek series as a regular weekly event.
Barratt launched to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in March 2009. He is scheduled to return to Earth in June.
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