Comic-Con 2016 Panel: "Star Trek & NASA Boldly Go" | Summary and Q&A

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August 5, 2016
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Comic-Con 2016 Panel: "Star Trek & NASA Boldly Go"

TL;DR

NASA scientists discuss the intersection between science fiction and real-life space exploration, emphasizing the importance of hope, international cooperation, and the search for life in the universe.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Do the panelists believe intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe?

While there is no certainty, all panelists agree that the vastness of the universe and the number of habitable planets make the possibility of intelligent life highly likely.

Q: How did it feel for Kjell to transition from microgravity to Earth's gravity upon returning from the ISS?

Kjell initially struggled with the effects of gravity, experiencing soreness and adjustment issues. However, after about 30 days, he felt back to normal.

Q: How can pop culture reinforce the connection between NASA and the public?

By expressing support for NASA through contacting political representatives and embracing their passion for pop culture, individuals can contribute to NASA's mission and inspire future explorers.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • NASA works with science while science fiction is imaginative, but they both feed into each other's inspiration and fuel technological advancements.

  • The James Webb Space Telescope will expand our knowledge of exoplanets, potentially leading to the discovery of habitable planets and signs of life.

  • The International Space Station highlights the importance of international cooperation and the responsibility to protect and preserve Earth.

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