Whether you're from Earth or the planet Asgard, NASA wants you to face (fictional) armies from outer space.
The space agency has teamed up with Marvel to created new training regime for recruits of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. — a fictional league of superheroes — in an interactive display in New York City. The six-month exhibit, entitled Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, premiered at Discovery Times Square May 30, and will be there for about six months.
The Avengers universe is the main attraction of the exhibit, but NASA is providing a heavy dose of science fact for those interested in Iron Man's suit, how black holes act as energy sources or other topics. NASA will also prominently display its "Eyes On Exoplanets" visualization to show off real-life worlds beyond Earth, perhaps similar to Thor's Asgard.
NASA gave a helping hand to the 2012 Avengers movie, which opened at a fictional dark energy facility where scientists were working on a tesseract, a stone of unparalleled power. NASA's logo was featured prominently on a banner in the scene.
"The thrill of exploring other worlds is not limited to the silver screen, and we're pleased to help bring some real NASA excitement to the project," Bert Ulrich, liaison for film and TV collaborations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. said in a statement. "We especially hope that young visitors will come away from this exhibit with an increased interest in science and technology."
More information is available at http://stationexhibit.com/.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace