Star Trek and NASA Chat Thursday Morning

Here is something you don’t hear about every day: It was announced yesterday that Director J. J. Abrams will be having a little chat tomorrow on Google+ from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Joining Abrams will be writer and producer, Damon Lindelofand, and actors Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve. The group will be talking to NASA astronauts (Chris Cassidy, who is currently on the International Space Station, and astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX) about how the fictional futuristic “Star Trek” films are starting to merge with the reality of today’s NASA programs. You can be a part of the conversation to by clicking here before the program at 9:00 a.m. 

Not surprisingly, this is the first time that a movie crew has participated in a NASA Google+ Hangout. A “Hangout” is one of the Google’s latest projects and involves group messaging. (For those in the know, it has replaced Google Talk.) Both parties will be asking each other questions along with questions from fans. The stunt is just another example of unique marketing. Apparently, movies can’t promote themselves with just a trailer anymore.

According  to press materials, “Star Trek into Darkness” follows the crew of The Enterprise as they are called back home to Earth in the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization.  In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.  As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. The flick opens nationwide on Thursday as well.

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