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The International Space Station Crew Gets A Private Screening Of The Avengers…IN SPAAAAACE!

Excelsior!

 

Marvel Comics characters have plenty of experience with space stations. The Lighthouse, Avalon, and Sentinal Space Stations have housed all kinds of intelligent minds but until now, the real-world International Space Station hasn’t housed any superheroes (that we’re aware of). That’s about to change. Marvel has arranged for the crew to get a special screening of The Avengers

SpaceX’s Dragon just completed the first successful mission by a commercial company to join with the ISS yesterday. You may remember they were carrying the ashes of Star Trek’s James Doohan, among others, but it seems the pop-culture connections in space are not done.

Marvel announced today they’d be uplinking The Avengers film to the ISS through NASA’s Mission Control in Houston. “This screening continues Marvel’s collaboration with NASA, which began during principal photography of Marvel’s The Avengers when the film shot at the Space Power Facility at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio,” according to the press release.

“These are the types of things that help to keep the crew connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being away for long periods of time,“ said Dan Cook, Psychological Support Coordinator with Wyle, a contractor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The ISS is orbiting 220 miles above Earth and currently has a crew of six including two NASA Astronauts, one European Space Agency Astronaut, and three Russian Cosmonauts. I’m curious to know if they’ll have subtitles or dubbed dialogue for the individuals whose first language isn’t English.

Either way, I think this is a really cool idea and what a treat it’s going to be for them! Let’s just hope they don’t decide to send them a screening of Prometheus next…

(via Marvel)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."