NASA was well represented at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival in Los Angeles this year, with presentations, educational exhibits and a direct video link with the current crew of the International Space Station.
Image right: NASA's exhibit in the Shrine Auditorium at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival highlighted the Mars Rovers, satellites and human spaceflight. Photo by Gus Schalkham / NASA
The agency was honored Dec. 9 with the festival's Jules Verne Award for Human and Historical Achievement in recognition of NASA's accomplishments in space exploration over its 50-year history. Dr. Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, accepted the award on behalf of the agency, along with the current Expedition 16 space station crew via video link.
Image left: Famed "Star Trek" actor William Shatner was on hand to assist in the presentation of the Jules Verne Award to NASA. Photo by Gus Schalkham / NASA
NASA exhibits at the festival highlights a full-scale models of the Phoenix lander and a Mars Mark III space suit and a quarter-scale model of the Constellation program's Orion space capsule.
The festival, held Dec. 6 – 15 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and other venues, featured the screenings of more than 15 adventure movies and 25 documentaries.
Image right: Dr. Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, accepted the Jules Verne Award Dec. 9 on behalf of NASA at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival. Photo by Gus Schalkham / NASA
Included among the latter was the critically acclaimed "In the Shadow of the Moon" released earlier this year. The film chronicles the early years of NASA's human spaceflight program that culminated with the Apollo moon landings, using spectacular footage from NASA and various other sources and interview segments from 10 of the remaining Apollo astronauts to tell the story of one of NASA's greatest achievements.
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center