WASHINGTON -- June Lockhart, William Shatner and Wil Wheaton are the latest entertainment icons featured in new public service announcements that highlight how some of NASA's outstanding accomplishments in space are used to improve our life on Earth.
Spanning generations of silver screen and television portrayals of humanity's exploration of space, the accomplished actors talk about how science fiction has become science fact, resulting in new commercial products and services that are tangible returns on investments in space technology. Much of the technology we rely on daily was developed by NASA for space exploration and then adapted or enhanced for use here on Earth. This includes many technologies used in schools, homes, cars, computers and American industry.
"It's an honor to have such talented space entertainment legends donate their time to voice support for the spinoff benefits NASA brings to the nation and the world," said NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "As we turn science fiction concepts into real technologies for use in NASA missions, we're constantly creating 'spinoffs' -- commercialized products and services that have practical, down-to-Earth applications of immediate benefit to the public."
The new videos are the latest in a series of celebrity educational videos aimed at increasing public awareness of the return on investment in space technology while encouraging the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, education and mathematics.
To view the new Lockhart, Shatner and Wheaton public service announcements, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/PSA/index.html
In addition, hundreds of examples of NASA spinoff technologies and innovations adapted for use in our everyday lives are available on NASA's Spinoff website at: http://spinoff.nasa.gov
For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov